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Man Must Die – Peace Was Never An Option
Man Must Die has always been a force to be reckoned with. This autumn’s release marks the follow up to 2009’s blistering No Tolerance For Imperfection and is as brash and bold as each of their previous efforts. The Glaswegian’s fourth full length Peace Was Never An Option is certainly worth the wait, and with twelve tracks of piercing death metal it’s a package of both quantity and quality.
The band has successfully managed to balance technical speed and proficiency with memorable song writing – a formula the majority of modern acts set their sights on achieving. Every track on this album feels like a blow to the face, yet there are moments – in the form of breakdowns and Alan McFarland’s shredding and soloing – where an emotional dimension seeps through, making for an overall deeper sound. My personal favourite track is ‘The Hell I Fear’ which is just one example of this. It is also an example of how Man Must Die explicitly tackles social and institutional systems in their work; this one specifically exploring religion.
The lyrics definitely have the potential to resonate with listeners. Like its predecessor, the band have openly dabbles in socially aware themes, as if the title and artwork alone didn’t give that away. With some of the wordplay in their track names and titles like ‘Antisocial Network’ and ‘Abuser Friendly’ it’s easy to see ongoing cynicism and a disdain for society’s ills coming across. This angry awareness adds a level of thought to the album’s brutal death metal bones, and that is to be respected.
I think there will be something for every fan of death metal on this album. You’ve got the lightning speed, technical proficiency, melody and thought-provoking themes. Two thumbs- up.