Masachist – Scorned (Selfmade God / Godz of War Productions)

Intense Death Metal from Poland.

Masachist can be considered an all-star band from Poland: including members Filip "Heinrich" Hałucha (Vesania, ex-Decapitated), Daray (Vesania, Dimmu Borgir, ex-Vader), Mariusz "Thrufel" Domaradzki (ex-Azarath), Aro (Shadows Land) and Pig (ex-Decapitated, Anal Stench) , they are the dream team of Polish death metal.

Their first album Death March Fury achieved some success (especially for the debut of a band), and now they are back with Scorned.

Although slightly different than its predecessor, Scorned shows a sharp band with a bit of originality (which is all too often absent these days). 

This album has more slow parts and won’t appeal too much tofans of insane blast beats, but they distribute the roles equally thoughout the whole disc.

Drilling the Nerves, shows a kind of progressive nature (no it’s not prog death metal) in the song, with parts alternating all the time, and while, as aforementioned, its not so rapid, with the helping hand of the production, makes all the parts intelligible. 

The Process of Elimination ups the ante a little, with three minutes of intensity and heaviness.

Straight and Narrow Path is the highlight though. The song has an actual chorus (that summarizes itself to the very title of the song) but it’s one of these songs that pastes itself in the mind. The song has the strangest break, and if you’re not looking at the display on your player, it makes you believe that another song entered out of the blue with plenty of good soloing. 

Manifesto (100% D.M.K.M.) starts in the highest velocity but soon they return to normal schedule.

Higher Authority is more intricate with more and shorter phrases.

Opposing Normality is the heaviest song of the album, following the gestalt of the previous track, but starting with a short intro and then a roar from hell, and a huge dose of headbanging parts, like the old days of death metal. But Masachist are no copycats of past bands, they just  have a big influence from them.

Liberation is divided into two parts, and the first one has killer riffs and breaks and it’s faster than the other tracks on Scorned, while the second part is just a bunch of noises. 

Finally the 7-minute tune Inner Void is the slowest on the album, exploring and tasting each part of the song.

Maybe because of the somewhat different nature of death metal releases nowadays, tech death metal, at first heed, one can judge the opus easy to 'get'. It’s not. The more you listen to it, the more trapped you get, and surprisingly it gets different approaches everytime you listen to it. Don’t be fooled, it’s a bloody complex release once you notice what you are into. 

Scorned is a great release that will survive the test of time and if you’re keen to sample the Polish scene, go for it!


Scorned is out now on Selfmade God / Godz of War Productions