Faithxtractor – Scorn for a failed dimension exam

Death metal was my first love. It all started on a hot night with morbid angelit is Domination during my freshman year of high school. Lust turned to scorching love, as I violently consumed everything the first decade of death metal had to offer. In recent years, something has changed. The fire of my passion flickered as I watched the wrinkles form on the face of old-school death metal. I slapped Phobophile with a respectable but mediocre 3.0 and annoyed the masses; nobody likes to see a couple arguing. My Top 10 2022 only included one death metal record (Eternal), which was nothing like the music that made me swoon in high school. Contempt for a failed dimensionOhio’s fourth album Faith Extractor, faced with the unenviable situation of trying to overcome my cynicism and win me back. I have a personal announcement to make: death metal and I are getting back together.

In a certain clinical sense, Contempt for a failed dimension is exactly what you’d expect: a half-hour slice of hostile death metal. Much of the album launches swirling riffs from bands like deicide and cannibal corpse. On another side, Faith Extractor often creates a menacing aura through blurry death-doom, mirroring bands like Phobophile. Contempt for a failed dimension never try to be something he is not. There are no interludes, spoken samples or “atmospheres” here. Faith Extractor understands that if you want to pulverize someone, you better do it quickly. An brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Ash Thomas, Faith Extractor somewhat resembles the work of Thomas in Discard the skin, but calls back some of the melodic sensibilities and side quests in favor of a resolute ambush. The two-person band is rounded out by Zdenka Prado, whose basslines should have been more prominent but still rumble like an earthquake.

I’m tempted to say that Contempt for a failed dimension steamrolled me, but that doesn’t do justice to its frenetic pace. Each track harbors an inhuman number of riffs, and songs like “Relative First Occurrence” leave me in shock at their density. Faith Extractor makes this approach work by engaging me at every turn. Turbocharged shorter tracks like “Vomiting Proclamation” are a constant delight, with frenetic changes in melody and tempo that make it impossible to tune out. Unlike most death metal, Faith Extractor grabs me with slower material too. The album’s most memorable riffs are two behemoths on “Life Abnegation” and “Revenge Void Asphyxia”, whose overwhelming power reminds me of my first listen to Autopsyit is cut survival. Even when the band strays from its formula, the results kill, like the terrifying Immolation cult nestled in the middle of the “first relative occurrence”. Faith Extractor offers a tour through early death metal while sounding fresher than its like-minded peers.

Contempt for a failed dimension is a brilliant example of Chekhov’s weapon in action; every part is essential. Every time I thought I found an underdeveloped riff or an out of place solo, Faith ExtractorAlchemy proved me wrong. Every section that seems like a throwaway later reappears to stunning effect, like the seemingly irrelevant opening melody of “Vomiting Proclamation” and the seemingly pointless trills throughout “On Every Breath…A Curse.” Thanks to this coherent writing, Contempt for a failed dimension has fantastic replay value. With each listen, I discover clever new touches, like the three-guitar relay race on “On Every Breath…A Curse” and the way the end of “Relative First Occurrence” connects four different riffs from earlier. In less than 30 minutes, Contempt for a failed dimension is a lesson in brevity and creativity.

As I have sometimes said Fierce, my perspective on modern death metal led me to some uncomfortable questions. Was my old “love” of death metal simply a novelty-driven infatuation? Do I only love morbid angel because of my fond memories of high school? Faith Extractor gave me answers. I can’t pretend that Contempt for a failed dimension is innovative or varied. But it reminds me of why I fell in love with death metal, and it conjures up vivid memories of the first time we met with dry mouths and pounding hearts. I learned two great lessons here. First of all, it’s heart-warming when your partner recognizes your needs and does their best to turn their flaws into strengths. Second, in the subtle words of the promotional material, “SHUT THE FUCK UP & HEAD BANG!”


Rating: 4.0/5.0
DR: 7 | Revised format: v2 mp3
Label: Redefining Dark Records
Websites: faithtractor.bandcamp.com | facebook.com/faithxtractor
Outings in the world: January 20, 2023

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