CD REVIEW Anatomy Of I

Band: Anatomy Of I
Title: Substratum
Label: Red Nautilus Records
Distribution: Red Nautilus Records
Release date: 01/08/2012
Review: CD

Anatomy Of I are a project by Dutchman Michael Dorrian, created to satisfy his passion for extreme Metal.

After this musician wrote several (interesting) songs, the vocalist/ guitar player asked two experienced professionals to help him out with the recording of the debut album, and not the lesser ones. Bass parts on Substratum were taken care of by nobody else but Steve Di Giorgio (think: Dragonlord, Sadus, Charred Walls Of The Damned, Control Denied, Death, amongst many, many others), and the drums have been done by über-percussionist Dirk Verbeuren, who does / did work with acts like, for example, Soilwork, Scarve, Yyrkoon, Aborted, Naglfar or Phaze I. Indeed: huge!

Substratum has duration of forty one minutes and stands for very timeless and universal Thrash/ Death/ Black/ Heavy Metal with an energetic dynamism and a very technical coherence. The tempo is varying, from rather slow to very fast, the melodies are varying, from old styled and traditional to modern and progressive, and the general interpretation is varying, in between recognizable and exceptional.

Just check it out… It’s worth trying, but beware: it sounds much too clinical and sterile and that’s sad, just sad…


Ivan Tibos.