DARKNESS DYNAMITE

"The Astonishing Fury of Mankind" (Metal Blade; 2009)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

French metalcore unit Darkness Dynamite pulls influence from a bevy of reliable high profile sources to compile the by-the-numbers blend of metallic ferocity heard on this quintet’s 11-track endeavor "The Astonishing Fury of Mankind."

While this squad won’t be praised for reinventing the metal wheel any time in the near future, they do craftily salvage scraps from cutting room floors of their peers, piecing feral chugga-chugga blasts from the deathcore sect, off-kilter song structures a la fellow countrymen Gojira (“Immersion Inner-Nation”), raging knuckle-breaking hardcore, and creamy melodic choruses from Soilwork (“15$”) and In Flames (“Hell Eve Hate”) together to form a bruising yet uneven batch of disjointed juxtapositions that emit a much-needed fresh scent yet seem a bit malnourished to make a perfect fit.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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