Release DetailsLABEL Selfmadegod Records
RELEASED ON 1/15/2007
posted on 4/2007 By:
Perhaps I should’ve conducted more research before signing up to review Myopia because they’re commonly referred to as the Polish version of Voivod, of which I’m not a fan, but with the Meshuggah-like vocals plus sound/structural resemblance to early ‘90s technical death metal, the band is still appealing to a certain extent. Selfmadegod is known for its grind, however, and that’s why the re-release of 2005’s Enter Insectmasterplan seems out of place, though it appears the label is trying to branch out with thrashers Hirax and hardcore punk outfit Daymares, thereby catering to different audiences and hopefully expanding their fanbase.
Enter Insectmasterplan does emanate quirkiness that is at times robotic, at times thrashy, at times technically inclined – if not all three simultaneously – while vocalist/bassist Kocon does indeed sound like a less assertive version of Jens Kidman (Meshuggah). Also Ddetectable are early ‘90s tech death elements that are most noticeable in tone, structure, and the variation in each. Myopia can stop on a dime and veer in another direction almost effortlessly, which is impressive in and of itself. Unfortunately, of the nine tracks that clock in at 35 minutes, few songs leave a lasting impression. Aside from the cleverly-titled “Introth,” others such as “Planet Groth,” “Project Insect,” and “Planet Earth,” for example, could be interchanged and the difference would be the same. Despite the positive attributes, these tunes just aren’t memorable.
Poland is usually bankable in the quality department, as is Selfmadegod, but that doesn’t go for Myopia. Nonetheless, Enter Insectmasterplan is an interesting hodgepodge even though each component can be easily compared to that of another, superior unit. In short, I’d rather listen to Meshuggah and early ‘90s tech death. Voivod fans, I’m sure, would rather listen to Voivod. For such unique acts, there is often no acceptable substitute.
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