Well i’ve been listening to a lot of metal lately (more than I really should to be honest haha) but you can add this upcoming release to the mix. That being the fifth full length from Australian technical death metallers Psycroptic called The Inherited Repression set for release in North America on Febuary 7th via Nuclear Blast Records.
Now after hearing their 2008 effort Ob(Servant), I was pretty much mezmerized and amazed at how blisteringly fast and technical their sound was, harkening back to say early Cryptopsy or Spawn Of Possession. And it was an epic album at that. Now its been about 4 years since their last release, and I’m only wondering what would this quartet sound like now.
The results….well let me put it to you like this. It seems as if they have decided to tone it down just a little. First thing you’ll notice is that this is a rather short album in comparison to the previous album, 41 minutes to be exact. Another thing you’ll notice is that it seems to be less frenetic and a lot less maniacal. That doesn’t mean I don’t like it, because if Psycroptic are good at anything, they’re good at delivering musically. The guitar is pretty solid, and laden in heavy riffs throughout most of the album, played and performed very well, I can even hear some acoustic elements thrown in there. Bass is good too although this is a very guitar oriented album.
Another thing that this band done well is drumming. Insane drumming at that. Although this time around that insanity shows up in spurts, and is very well done. And vocally, i’m not too sure how to feel about it. Not so much low growls like last time out, heavy emphasis on hoarse hardcore type of vocals. I personally don’t feel that they fit the norm of this style of band.
So overall, how do I feel about it? I think its a solid album, but in a way its sort of step back. I appreciate them toning it down musically in order for them to grow as artists, but who knows? This may be some getting used to, cause I do enjoy this band. I wish they would stick with what makes them solid, preferrably sticking with technical death metal.
This is opinion, not fact. You are your own judge of this album.
Final score: 7 out of 10