MetalBite Review by Maciek on 12/10/2012
To be honest, I could never fully get this band's lyrics, but I have to say, the music is now back to awesome. Brutal Technical Death Metal with Grind-core-style growling. Melodic, sometimes Thrash Metal riffs with what I like the most - solos.
From the first track to the last there is constant flow of low-tuned chords with one of the most amazing drum-works. The blasts provided by Flo Mounier make this album a very good piece of metal, with some fragments reminding the likes of Immolation
or some old Kataklysm
. Very often the tempo changes, sometimes to 5 seconds of acoustic passages, just to go back to insane cacophony, then again some Jazzy/Progressive bit and then back to dropping-potatoes-on-drumset chaos. I guess it is very impressive to see Flo Mounier drumming (many videos on internet), but the longer you listen to this album, the more interesting riffs you can hear, more interesting passages and I have to say this is one of those albums that you already like from the first sound. The longer you listen to it, you realize that there are real virtuosos in this band - both Jon (now back in the band) and Chris provide a real feast to your ears with really complex sounds. Olivier also has few moments to shine and if you listen to it enough times, you can actually notice, that the bass is exposed quite well on this recording and he's definitely doing his job really well, playing melody lines on one string as well as chords.
Hard to find any flaw in this record, it is a perfect, highly-Technical Death Metal/Grind-core production with good amount of Progressive and Jazz elements. Additional advantage of it is that it still can surprise you after few listenings. My favourite track is 'Red-Skinned Scapegoat' - I encourage you to listen to it, I guess it represents this album very well - a mixture of Brutal Death Metal with few moments for some good headbanging and a surprise at 4:36, it sounds as if somebody has switched the radio to a different station.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 9 out of 10