Devolved - _Technologies_
(Copro, 2002)
by: Xander Hoose (6.5 out of 10)
Australia's Devolved have a moderately unique take on death metal, melting it into somewhat new forms with their hardcore-ish Fear Factory vocal style and smooth technical drums / riffing. Uniqueness does not imply quality, however. Even though the concept of _Technologies_ -- creating a metal version of Rage Against the Machine -- is praiseworthy, it is important to be backed by capable musicians in order to achieve your goals. However, the triggered drumming sounds like it's straight from a drum computer and the guitar / bass combo is mediocre at best. The usage of electronic elements hasn't been pushed to its full effect, with only the occasional beat here and there. The vocals are above average and the song structures are interesting, but right now there are too many downsides to _Technologies_ to make the album worth remembering.

(article published 11/6/2003)


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