Sonic destruction is an appropriate tag for Autokrator as The Obedience to Authority is exactly that. The new album from these French mayhem makers is a wall of sharp noise that pierces you and leaves your ear drums bleeding for hours to come. The Obedience to Authority is disgustingly barbaric from beginning to end and is a purely blistering wall of sound that tears your skin from your flesh. There are moments of reprieve but those moments are brief and few and far between.
The third song titled Chapter III is what could be labeled as an interlude but acts more like an extra moment for Autokrator to prey on your delicate psyche. This song gives Autokrator nearly three minutes alone with you torturing you with harsh sounds and what seems to be a circle saw buzzing in the background. Chapter III is almost foreshadowing as to what is going to happen to you from that point forward.
For the majority of this lobotomizing effort the music is purely tumultuous and each song does its best to put you in a fragile state of mind. The Obedience to Authority is an aural assault and never allow you to have a moment of clarity. As you are listening images of death, despair and disease run through your mind.
The concept of The Obedience to Authority as well as the content of the album is as the title suggests and Autokrator will be damned if they don’t beat some sense into everyone for being slaves to the system. “Beating” is the effective key word because that is exactly what it feels like listening to this terrifying onslaught.
Your very demise is at the hands of writhing riffs, brain blasting drums, a thick bass presence and destructive vocals. Each song is pure chaos and unrelenting in their assault. The Obedience to Authority is bludgeoning and less than half way through it leaves you begging for mercy. Are you shown any mercy? In short, no. Instead of letting up, Autokrator slits your throat and watches you writhe in agony.
Apart from the stomach churning madness that is the superb musicianship, Autokrator supplies you with a thick atmosphere that you could cut with a knife. That atmosphere is provided by industrial elements among other interesting noises and abrasive sounds. The atmosphere provided is suffocating and lung collapsing all on its own. If you don’t suffer at the hands of the gut ripping musicianship, you will perish under the weight of the atmosphere.
The Obedience to Authority is a lethal album and leaves nothing on the table. It is vicious and will rip your fucking head off without so much as a warning. The Obedience to Authority is skull grinding madness at in its purest form and is meant for anyone that needs some brutality and purely punishing death metal in their lives.
The Obedience to Authority will be out April 22, 2016 through Godz Ov War Productions!