Traveling as a missionary through Dubna, Russia in 2010, The Reverend was accidentally exposed to ununseptium (Uus 117), the super heavy artificial element, the heaviest metal on earth. He has an insatiable desire to bring the heaviest metal to all, leading the charge- culminating in a Metaleptic Fit. Rocking his followers with musical influences of Sepultura, Pantera, Deicide and Black Sabbath, Metaleptic Fit’s lyrics incorporate society issues and awareness of the times in which we live, from a first person point of view. And they do it with a menacing but simple manner, as did their influences. Old school metal meets its current makers on this self-titled two track sampler.
You can’t compare and always make out, but with Metaleptic Fit it’s necessary to set them apart from others up to the same mission of sorts. The guitars and drums are a machine gun force, while the vocals are wild and often hard to make out the lyrics. This is not a rare thing in power metal, as it often blends with heavier applications without stepping too far outside the box of accessibility. But you can never fault a band for wanting to set itself apart from what everyone else in the same field is doing. And this could light fires under the right places for anyone.
“Prey On Thee” wastes no time proving that ten-fold, and it just doesn’t quit with its unrelenting groove. He chants with the best of ‘em here and the rest follows. It’s a hodge-podge of divebombing drum patterns in a piledriving fashion (if such a word is appropriate for this brand metal). You can’t tell if the vocals or the backing track came first, and I have always liked that. I give it an extra point for such a result. And this track also has a maniacal ending I also like. And that is a testament to any ears that don’t listen to a lot of this style of metal.
But there is more to it than that, as a message is clearly written in the vocals, and like them or not, it deals with what a song is about. To some it matters the least, to some it can matter a lot more. It depends on how you process the notes, and that is why musicians and fans respond differently to a piece of music. If that helps in anyway, metal is as good a place to apply it as any. I wouldn’t expect to have it or serve it up any other way. Especially when this much care is taken, as you will find the mix to be of the perfect variety. But not everyone’s cup of tea contains the same flavor, so, choice is the ultimate friend.
“She’s Calling Me” gets into a similar groove pattern but it has much more musical and less vocal appeal, although the lyrics do get a point up from me as well. It’s just easier to my ears while it might fall the weaker track to anyone else. I just prefer this one by an edge. It goes the distance between the two tracks to entertain a little better, and end on a softer note. But if I really compared them further, the former track does have a cooler ending by far. But once you do that you’ll find the underlying beauty of both tracks, and enjoy them while the next Mataleptic Fit songs get written, recorded, produced and released.