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This album was described as a "bastard mix of Carcass and Voivod". That is actually not far from the truth. This CD was my introduction to this band and I must say that I am intrigued at just how innovative this band is. A lot of bands I have heard lately have been more copy-cat versions of bands they claim to draw influences from, but Supuration know where to draw this line. From the progressive elements all the way to the death and even slight thrash elements, this band can take any mixture of these influences and make it work. I have not heard an album in this genre this innovative and original since Cynic's "Focus". To the typical metal fan, it may be hard to grasp the concept of what the band is going for here. However, if you have an open mind and are wanting something fresh and new and perhaps a little unusual then this just might be what you are looking for.
Besides the aforementioned influences of Carcass and Voivod, which can be easily noticed, other influences such as ...And Oceans, Crematory, Aborym and Newer Samael can also be heard. Vocally, this album is somewhere between Carcass "Heartwork" and "Swansong" era with a little mixture of "Act Seven" and "Believe" era Crematory for a little added flavor. The vocal patterns used here really set the tunes off and blend very well with these fantastic metal orchestrations. The lyrical concepts are a tad abstract but that just adds to the aura of the tunes presented here. They definitely leave you thinking. As for the riffing and drumwork, they seem to use the traditional progressive death metal format with a touch of gothic and industrial genres just to make things that much more brutal and interesting. There might be others who may say that this doesn't fit the definition of brutal as compared to other bands but it's all in how you perceive the hard work put in to an album such as this as well as the delivery of such a masterpiece. You can tell from the first listen of this CD that these guys worked very hard in the construction of this metal gem.
I want to urge everyone wanting to check out new bands or those wanting a breath of fresh air in the extreme metal world to definitely check this band and CD out. These guys are here to take this genre to the next level. Like I said earlier, this is my first introduction to the band so i need to backtrack and check out their back catalogue. Aside from that, you cannot create a CD of this magnitude and go unnoticed for very long. This will find a lot of time in my stereo and I will also be putting it on my MP3 player. The thick sound and production on top of everything else, make this a listening experience that you will be sure to remember for a long time to come.