Integral – Resilience (Technical Death Metal)

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I’ve said it before and I will say it again. 2017 is a great year for Italian death metal, be it technical, brutal or whatever. Integral is probably not a name you know when you think of the Italian scene. Which isn’t strange since Resilience is the bands full-length debut and they were formed in 2013. That being said do not take this band lightly! When you can draw in guests like Steffen Kummerer from Obscura and Tommy Talamanca from Sadist on your debut you know this band is going to go places.

So what do they sound like? Well this is where it gets tricky! I label Integral as technical death metal but in reality they sound like a mix of a lot of different genres and bands. Vocals I think is rather close to The Black Dahlia Murder, while the instrumental play is as much The Faceless as it is Gorod, Obscura and Beyond Creation. Add some deathcore groovy breakdowns to it and you got yourself an Italian Chimera that’s ready to devour you. This is an album full of surprises. I mean even having the different influences in mind there are plenty of tempo-changes, riffs and what not that makes me go wow. There are also equally many parts that makes me go urgh I didn’t like this. A perfect example of this is the song Hieroglyphica. While it features some really awesome segments it also got leaves me wanting to almost skip the song at times, really weird roller-coaster ride for me musically. Both the bands strength and weakness to have all these mashups, I am sure they can only improve their sound in the future.

All together the ten songs Resilience offers is a good start for Integral and this album is sure to make at least one of you become a fan of their style. While I am not completely sold yet I think this is a superb debut and I am interested to see where they take their sound on the sophomore album.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/integralbandofficial
Label: Ghastly Music
For fans of: The Faceless and The Black Dahlia Murder
Favorite song: Realm of Atlantis
Score: 3/5

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Rapheumets Well – Enders Door (Progressive Death/Black Metal)

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Are you ready for a sci-fi concept album? Follow the rogue travler Eryos and how he discovered an artifact that would change his place in cosmos forever. This one hour long journey will leave you wanting more of Eryos and his adventures. Rapheumets Well were formed in 2008, North Carolina USA, after changing name from Blue Man’s God (created 2002). Having had a very wide range of influences on their albums, experimenting in classical, ambience and metal music this band stands out. Enders Door is the bands third release after having told other stories within this multi-verse on Dimensions and The Exile.

One thing is certain when you listen to Rapheumets Well, it’s epic. Much like you find Dimmu Borgir’s symphonic black metal massive and sometimes overwhelms you with their orchestral music Rapheumets Well does the same. Differences are many though. The progressive elements and clean vocals (both female and male) makes you think about The Faceless more than Dimmu Borgir. There is also a lot of death metal influences in the music, still very symphonic, which bands such as Fleshgod Apocalypse are known for. The whole sci-fi take on all this is awesome and at times I think on movies such as Tron or Ghost in the Shell while listening to Enders Door. The different directions the songs take is also what makes Enders Door sick out from the rest. It feels like a movie in musical form, and it’s freaking epic!

I can recommend Rapheumets Well to anyone who is out for something a little bit different. It’s a great concept album with various of influences covering a wide range of genres. I would also love to see this band live, from what I’ve read they seem to make it like a play when performing their music. I can imagine it being a great experience in the veins of what Fleshgod Apocalypse or Carach Angren does.

Rapheumets Well – Enders Door is out May 26th through Test Your Metal Records.

Also with this review I will leave you guys for two weeks. Traveling to Tokyo tomorrow and I will not be reviewing any new albums while there. Hopefully I will get the chance to catch a concert on some of the local bands there though!

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For fans of: Dimmu Borgir and The Faceless
Favorite song: Lechery Brought the Darkness

Alluvial – The Deep Longing for Annihilation (Technical Death Metal)

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Formed in 2016 by the mastermind Wes Hauch (Black Crown Initiate, ex-The Faceless) and Keith Merrow (Conquering Dystopia and Demisery) Alluvial had a lot of metal fans eager to see what the duo could come up with on their first release. The time is finally here and Alluvial gives us a late Christmas gift to kick off 2017 in style.

You will notice very fast that Alluvial is a different kind of band as it features no vocalist. This is purely instrumental (which some of you might guess seeing it involves Keith Merrow). It’s hard to pull off an album entirely instrumental due to many reasons. Will the listener be interested in the album for the whole 52 minutes? Will the duo be able to express themselves well enough with only instruments? Questions like these needs to be answered on everyone single one listening. A reason my girlfriend isn’t a big fan of, as an example, Moonsorrow is due to them having too long songs and she ends up changing to track five minutes in.

I have to say I am quite surprised how well this album is executed. Even without vocals The Deep Longing for Annihilation is emotional and gets to you. The album is not for everyone but any fans of atmospheric and technical metal can certainly enjoy their time with it. An interesting project to say the least that turned out better than I expected with this being the first fully instrumental album I’ve reviewed. I recommend you to listen to a song or two first before making your mind up on this album. Just don’t give this album a miss simply because it’s an instrumental one, since with Wes and Keith on guitars they know how to express themselves even without vocals!

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For fans of: Black Crown Initiate and Conquering Dystopia
Favorite song: Mirelands

Samskaras – Asunder (Technical Death Metal)

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Samskaras are from the country known for their technical death metal bands, Canada. The duo that makes Samskaras are now newcomers to the techdeath scene as Samskaras consists of Eric Burnet (Derelict, Unburnt) and Alexandre Dupras (Teramobil, Unhuman). Since the launch in 2014 the duo have released two singles, both which were well received, and now in 2017 they are finally ready to release their first EP, Asunder. Drawing influences from heavy extreme bands with varied syles such as Gorguts, Cryptopsy, The Faceless, Nile and Enslaved you are in for quite a ride.

Straight from the start you are also hit with a wave of thundering riffs and hammering drums with the opener Fuelscape. The hissing growls together with the aggressive deep ones make perfect harmony and when the cleans come in you can definitely get a feel of The Faceless. The follow-up Solar start out more progressive while fast changing to techdeath tempo a la Nile, the aggressive vocals also has a lot in common with the sound of Nile’s Karl Sanders.

Separate is probably my favorite song on the album since it shows the most variety from Samskaras and it’s just a great mix of the different styles they take influences from. That together with some very well-written lyrics makes this a perfect example of what Samskaras brings to the table. The song that ends the album Conquerer is the most trashy and “straight to the point” metal track on the album and it’s the perfect ending for Asunder to go out with a (head)bang.

Do yourself a favour and listen to Samskaras debut EP Asunder when it’s out as a pay-what-you-want option digital download through Bandcamp on Friday, January 20th.

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Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/SamskarasMetal
For fans of: The Faceless and Nile
Favorite song: Separate

Theory In Practice – Crescendo Dezign (Technical Death Metal)

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Swedens very own techdeath veterans Theory In Practice are back to start the new year with an EP called Crescendo Dezign. The EP is actually the bands comeback after being on a hiatus since 2002, so it’s been a long ass wait! Since then the band have lost drummer Henrik Ohlsson, who went and helped form Scar Symmetry, bass/keyboardist Mattias Engstrand and guitarist/vocalist Johan Ekman who were all original members. Joining them we have vocalist Andreas Lyngmo with Peter Lake now having both guitar and bass duty and his brother Patrik Sjöberg on drums to switch it up a little after losing some members.

Even with this long hiatus and loss of members Theory In Practice have made a solid EP. The songs are very complex and technical, changing tempo every so often which will leave techdeath fans drooling. Tracks like Abstract Entities could very well be the work of techdeath legends The Faceless and to top it of you have the almighty Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder) featuring on Cyrobiological Expansion, and he does a superb job.

Technical death metal had a great year in 2016 and it’s already off to a good start for 2017!

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pg/theoryinpracticeband
For fans of: Obscura and Martyr
Favorite song: Cyrobiological Expansion

Dischordia – Thanatopsis (Progressive Death Metal)

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Some might debate if Dischordia is technical death metal or progressive. It is hard to tell at times however I do feel Dischordia is more towards the progressive side like The Faceless, or even djent masters Meshuggah than lets say Archspire. A bit slower, less brutal with more riff and djent based music for the most part. There are segments that leans more towards the faster brutal tech death sound though. Thanatopsis is my first contact with Dischordia and after hearing James Dorton (Black Crown Initiate) would feature on the album I knew that something special is going on at the Dischordia camp.

James does add some punch to the song The Ruin but I am glad to say that the band stands perfectly fine on their own feet, as it isn’t even the best song on the album. Thanatopsis II: The Ruin is a good song but songs like Thanatopsis II: The Road, The Curator and Bone Hive are masterpieces with djent, tech death and progressive elements to them. Hard to not groove to those bad boys.

Want a good mix of Meshuggah and The Faceless I would recommend giving Dischordia a try.

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For fans of: The Faceless and Meshuggah
Favorite song: Thanatopsis II: The Road

Burial in the Sky – Persistence of Thought (Technical Death Metal)

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Burial in the Sky is a project made by the multi-instrumentalists duo, and longtime friends, Will Okronglis and James Tomedi in 2013. Since the formation the duo has released two EP’s with different drummers accompanying them and joining them on Persistence of Thought we have none other than world class drummer Samus Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth, ex-Abigail Wiliams). A very nice addition I have to say.

Persistence of Thought is what I would call Tech Metal done right as it’s intelligent, got both melodic sides to it but also raw and brutal segments that when you blend it together with great song-writing it becomes just something more than music. It becomes your transition into a whole other dimension and it’s just beautiful.

It is hard to pick just one song as my favorite song, since this is an experience meant to be experienced as a whole. I do find one thing easy though, to tell you to pick up this album. Today. Preferably yesterday.

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Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/BurialInTheSky
For fans of: Fallujah and Rivers of Nihil
Favorite song: Dimensons Divide