Song Review: Diminish In Eternity – ‘The Fourth Kind’

Song Review: Diminish In Eternity – ‘The Fourth Kind’

Band: Diminish In Eternity
Song: The Fourth Kind
Genre: Deathcore
Date Of Release: November 8, 2015
Location: Hesperia, CA
Reviewer: Mitch Alexander
For Fans Of: Thy Art Is Murder, Veil Of Maya, punching people not in the pit

Diminish In Eternity‘s logo does a cool thing where the N goes across all the words in the name, and while that has fuck all to do with the music, I wanted to put it in here before I forget. Mainly because I thought it was cool, and also because I’d like to establish up front how seriously you should take this, or any my reviews. Ever. (not a single fucking bit, is the answer).

Here’s the thing about ‘The Fourth Kind’ – it’s fine. This song is fine, and it’s probably fun as all hell live, but listening to this just made me think yes, this is music, and it is fine. There are a couple of standout riffs that made me go “Oh, that is a nice riff which is fine,” like the groovy second section or the last of the one-too-many breakdowns, but a large portion of the song made my eyes glass over and my tongue loll about dead in my mouth, as if I had just suffered an aneurysm.

I struggle to understand how people get excited producing something that’s been done to death. We’ve got the widdly guitar glitch-out before a breakdown, the bass hit heralding the other staccato breakdown, some blasting and cool screeching, and the section where the singer screams some unintelligible cement-mixer-garbage before yet another fucking breakdown. Not a single section of this song sounds like ‘Diminish In Eternity’; every bit sounds like deathcore find-a-word (mainly because the production isn’t as solid as it no doubt will be on their album). But it’s definitely fine deathcore. It’s fine.

I’m not gonna hang too much shit on these guys, because, supposing they can play tracks like this live, they’re technically great musos. I just want them to really work on writing a song, not a collection of cool bits for bros. Not much in ‘The Fourth Kind’ sounded cohesive or followable to me, and while that may have to do with the fact I probably have undiagnosed ADHD, I have a terrible feeling it’s partly because they were going down their deathcore checklist and ticking the boxes instead of creating a sweet piece of music. My other gripe is the production; the guitars are schmick (but you don’t fucking get any praise for that because of course they are, it’s 2016), but the drums are robotic, the vocals are fuzzed out, indecipherable and soulless (but with admittedly fantastic tone beneath it all), and the whole thing is too far too clunky and disjointed.

But it’s not bad, not by any stretch. It’s just not exceptional. It’s fine.

Vocals: 6/10
Lyrics: 5/10
Guitar: 6/10
Bass: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯/10
Percussion: 7/10
Songwriting: 5/10
Production: 6/10
Personal Enjoyment: 6/10
Overall IPHYB Rating: 6/10

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Song Review: Diminish In Eternity – ‘The Fourth Kind’
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  • Viper

    Fine review