Funker Vogt = War + Natural Disaster + Formulated beats & chants
Three years would give any musician time to reevaluate themselves, make changes, improvements and to evolve into a new and better entity. That wasn't the case with Funker Vogt. After the Execution Tracks it went downhill, but then Survivor hit and it didn't seem like the painted-into a corner sound could get worse. As expected, war and natural disasters only fueled their inspiration to rehash what they had already done _ľ again. Negativity aside, there are a couple of catchy songs, like "Fallen Hero" and "Thoughts of a Soldier." But when lyrics start, "They call me a the tragic hero..." I just want to shake them and say, "enough already". Navigator is a slight improvement of the past, but Funker Vogt needs to learn to do something new and not keep on making the same song over and over.
Lexincrypt = An ex-Modus Operandi writer + Hocico + hate x 100
A very long three years has passed since My Sepulture came out and the long-awaited This Descent is now a reality. Was it worth the wait? Absolutely. Just when you thought Lexincrypt couldn't get any darker, he did. One fan even confesses that he cannot listen to this music in the fall and winter months due to Seasonal Affective Disorder and the possibility of Lexincrypt just sending him over the edge. Is that a compliment? "Beginning of the End" and "One Way to Escape" are deceptive with beautifully evil and catchy melodies to kick off the album. Once "Crawlspace" starts (with guest vocals by Scott Sturgis of Converter/Pain Station fame) you have sunk to the depths and you get trapped in the filthy muddle of sample-filled hate. This former Salt Lake resident makes a significant progression into a second album with more aggression and precision, but sadly this is the last that you will hear from Lexincrypt, so eat it up. Like a hot sauce connoisseur, if you thought you could handle that hate of Hocico, try to take on something more advanced with Lexincrypt.