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Where to begin with this album? Psycroptic have blown away the competition for the first month of music with the new album The Inherited Repression. The amount of different playing styles exhibited in the very first song “Carriers Of The Plague” really sets your hopes up to a very high par. With the opening riff being enough to send goosebumps on your arm, you know you’re in for a rough (in the best way possible) ride.
Technical death metal hasn’t sounded this good in a real long time. Chock full of original riffs and plenty of shredding, “Carriers Of The Plague” also showcases the very impressive drumwork of Dave Haley that is reminiscent of Inferno's drumming with the band Behemoth on the album Demigod, but with a more structured approach and more progressive elements as well. When they go into unrelenting blast beat drumming, to backing up the guitars while they play the awesome progressive/death metal hybrid style, this song has everything. Literally, if they continued on this song for the full forty one minutes, it would please even the most hardcore metal listeners. Lucky for you, they mix it up and deliver something amazing.
The technicality is fully unleashed with the song “Forward To Submission.” The drums, after giving a slow but heavy intro, goes into Chuck Liddell-pummeling mode with intense, fast tempo drumming that would make Hellhammer blush. The guitars, at first, is backing up the drums and only doing a moderate effort of technical riffs, but then they kick into gear, only to trade back and forth between technical riffs and metal that is a lot like Matt Heafy’s (Trivium) playing style.
Continuing with the trade-off between technical death metal and more traditional metal playing, “The Throne Of Kings” will appeal to those who aren’t moved by flashy guitar and drums. While it still has the awesome riffs and intense drums, it’s just toned down to a more easily digestible level. It also has a slight groove to it that the other reviewed tracks were slightly lacking in. Think of it as a more technical version of Fear Factory.
The first great metal release of the year is here metalheads. This will either make or break them, and if they break then this album will be remembered as one of the most underrated albums of all time. Metal history was made today. Reading through the review, you can learn that there are a lot of different bases they touch upon, yet still retaining the technical/death/progressive metal that they tend to be labeled as.