“Humanity may be closing in on itâ€™s end but for now we are still here and we resist as much as possibleâ€¦and Mediocracy is only at the beginning!” – they said one year ago and the guys from Mediocracy are strikes again. Their second installment, “Asoma” it’s been released today, lucky 13 😀 , 13th September, 2011, and it’s available for free download just like their previous effort at Asiluum.com , the web site which promote most of the uprising Romanian artists.
“Mediocracy is a situation in the society in which mediocre people prevail. The society is subordinated to a quasi-egalitarian ideology in which words and ideas are redefined to be convenient for the average people. Other symptoms include dumbing, jargonism, infantilisation, vacuity, phoney democratisation and authoritarianism.”
“Human Progress – Endless Regress” was released on 24th November 2010, and the debut album from the Bucharest (Romania) based band was a noisy incursion into the dark and contorted area of crust/post-metal with roots back both to hardcore and modern, groove-oriented, distorted metal. If the previous material was a raw, rehearsal live recording, this time Marius Costache who recorded, mixed and mastered the album, delivered a powerful, well balanced and groovy product, an absolutely high end album.
And Viez – screams, Radu – guitar, Costin – guitar, Dop – bass and Para – drums, wrote eight killer metalcore songs. Although I’m not quite a fan of this so-called subgenre, Mediocracy delivered deep, dark and contorted modern metal with explosive grooves and grinding riffs, a classy and quality release merging perfectly the post-hardcore dynamics with the weighty and heavy metal sound.
01. Standard Procedure
02. Age Of War
03. On The Outside
04. Lie Simple Minds
06. Education By Force
07. Time Will End
08. Final Stand
Dark and contorted, noisy, but cutting edged, Mediocracy sound at least as powerful as any other Western band nowadays. Although I’m kind of skeptical about this new metal subgenre, Mediocracy managed to bring to the surface a breathing, alive and colorful album, groovy riffs, distorted basses, pounding drums and bloody screams reveals shattered fragments of our day after day struggling existence. This is a documentary of the modern dark age we’re living in and Mediocracy delivered brutal and gloomy soundtrack for it.
This is a groovy, breathing album and Mediocracy made a huge step forward with their second release. Noisy, but still clean and cutting, contorted, but catchy and melodious enough, “Asoma” might be the best Romanian metal release of the year, and not only.
Grab it and play it f*ckin’ loud!