Written by: Arzou
Undesiccated’s new release, צֶמַח (tseh'-makh), is...quite odd. The EP is like eating a $4 TV dinner. It’s pretty good, but there’s that inner feeling of guilt and shame knowing there are much more quality and healthy food options out there. Let me try to explain why.
First, to get the blatantly obvious out of the way before even listening to the EP: why do the songs have numbers in front of them? I’m not talking track listing numbers. I’m talking numbers like 29, 32, etc. etc., and in somewhat random order too? I was curious so I dug through their bandcamp and saw that every release was like this. The only reason I can think of this is that the band is numbering every song they made to keep count, but not changing the name of the song when uploading to bandcamp. This sort of lack of care and/or amateurism almost prevented me from listening to the EP all together, and yet I did out of blatant curiosity. Which leads to my next point.
The tunes. This release actually has some pretty alright songs! It was quite surprising to me given the aforementioned weirdness that was going on which led me to go in with zero expectations. The songs “What is the True Cost…” and “Failures of Flesh” are my favorite and are absolute rippers. It’s obvious that the fellas behind this band have talent and passion, but maybe a lack of experience.
See, the mix is a mess. It’s worse than a goregrind demo recorded in a basement using a nokia 3310. The guitar is too panned to the left, the drums are too quiet, and the vocals are clipping, badly. I’ll give the vocals a slight pass as that could actually be an artistic choice but, I digress. The production definitely takes away from the songs and makes the overall listening experience worse. Good songs but a poor mix will, without a doubt, drag those songs down.
Undesiccated is a band with potential. The people behind it understand grind, and are already making good songs. If they take the time to fix the mixing issues and the weird song name oddity, I guarantee that the releases would improve tenfold. Again, like a TV dinner, I enjoyed it, yet I can’t necessarily bring myself to recommend it to anyone.
Undesiccated - צֶמַח (tseh'-makh) was independently released May 17th, 2020
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