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Youthful, Precise and Punishing Death Metal - 80%

fatos666, March 22nd, 2013

It’s unusual and refreshing to hear a young brutal technical death metal band concentrating on the tales of one H.P. Lovecraft, a band that has changed from their initial beginnings as a thrash band to a death metal band that ranks rather highly in the current worldwide scene as a result of their gifted musicianship and vision. The title tracks certainly starts out by letting everyone know that these are no modern trend followers, their music flickers between influences as far reaching as Suffocation, Cannibal Corpse and even some marginal Dying Fetus comparisons, that is, bands that can play, bands that can have aggressive death metal and still pull off arrangements and guitar riffs that would make only the most hardened death metal head think twice before pledging allegiance.

‘Slaves to a Flame Undying’ begins with a haunting intro and then the hammer comes down soon after with some marked US east coast death metal ensuring some rabid fretwork is of the kind that only very few bands can pull off. I commend the time signature changes, the riffs, the brash overstatement and depth of such tracks; this is a young band from Vancouver that has a formidable arsenal at their fingertips. If you need further examples then check out ‘Tundra Moon’, if this is not a track that can be connected to some of the great in this field, then I think you need to take a good hard look at your own mind and musical taste to be rather blunt about it!

Awash with genre leading technical ability and a lyrical content breathing thought provoking inspiration with a clear intention to succeed. This they may well do, succeed that is, this is refreshing, rather than (as per usual) younger bands simulating cookie monsters with no real musical ability. Auroch happily break the mould by applying their trade effortlessly and ‘From Forgotten Worlds’ is one of the technical old school US death metal releases of recent times. For a band’s debut release, I can only salivate at the prospect of further inspirational death metal coming from these Canadians, it wipes the floor with many of their peers and that’s not normally an easy thing to do.

Originally written for www.brutalism.com