"Biomechanical Nonsense Connections" (Indy Records; 2004)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Symmetric Disorder are an Italian heavy metal band that, from the artwork, would lead you to believe they play in the vein of pure technical metal such as In-Quest (or perhaps a European version of Fear Factory). From this particular sampler from the upcoming full-length album “Biomechanical Nonsense Connections” it is obvious that Symmetric Disorder are a technical death metal band with a modern edge that leans heavily against the classic melodic death metal sound as well as a host of sounds similar to the thrash generated by the millions of outfits in the New Wave of American Heavy Metal.

The music is technically forward-thinking yet never forsaking melody or catchy riffs. An infusion of black metal influences adds melodic colors not normally associated with the death metal genre. The three songs here are distinct enough to imply that the entire full-length album is also chock full of distinctive songs – which is a pretty impressive feat for a young band early in their recording career.

It’s tough to review an album based on a three-song sampler, but I’m impressed with what I hear. Please note that the rating of three chainsaws is reflective of the quality of the three songs contained on this preview EP of the full album.

“Biomechanical Nonsense Connections” was produced, engineered, and mastered by Giuseppe Morazzoni.

Symmetric Disorder is Michele on vocals, Fabrizio and Migue on guitars, Edo on bass, and Danilo on drums.

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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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