For the last half-hour Maruta’s Remain Dystopian assaulted my ears with a sustained attack consisting of a rather unique speed- and black- metal combination that managed to convince me each song was its own unique entity but without my being able to articulate exactly what each song was about or how it is different from the others on the disc. One or two songs’ tempo slows down a bit and the non-death metal vocalist can be almost heard almost clearly.
The majority of Remain Dystopian consists of short song after short song (under two minutes in length) featuring decent rhythm guitar and bass support combined with death metal growls and drumming fueled by speed. I suppose, with a lyric sheet and more patience, this album could grow on me. The talents of guitarist Eduardo Borja, guitarist/bassist Mauro Cordoba and drummer Daniel Morris shine pretty effectively at various times throughout the album, and Mitchell Luna’s vocals suit the music perfectly. Even considering the issues behind the vocals that define the death metal sound, this album’s mixing muddied the vocals too much. The times when Luna switched up the vocals to a more understandable screaming were even more overwhelmed by the music. This kind of mixing I expect at a dive bar show, not a finished album.
For those inclined to liking speed and death metal, may I recommend Remain Dystopian to you. For the rest of us, it really is what it is, and if you don’t already like it, this won’t convert you.