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Larry6990, November 7th, 2018
Written based on this version: 2017, Digital, Independent (Bandcamp)

It’s been five years since the release of Human Disposition, the first and only full-length release by Finnish progressive death metallers (Psychoparalysis) – yes, apparently the brackets are important. Not much has been heard in the intervening years, except for a promo EP in 2014 … and this single, providing us with two tracks which display two totally contrasting sides of the band. Voracious consists of its nine-plus minute title-track, exhibiting amazing songwriting skills and a penchant for drawing in the listener, and a quick blast of furious old school death metal clocking in at just over two minutes. Sure, it’s an oddity, but as a taster towards something more substantial, it does a brilliant job. Henri Sorvali (of Moonsorrow and Finntroll fame) does a great production job, and it’s nice to see him stretch his musical tentacles into more territories like this.

Newcomers to the band can expect a sound akin to Bolt Thrower having sensual intercourse with Gorguts. The balls-to-the-wall bulldozer riffwork of the former is encased in the complex structures of the latter. Vocalist Anssi Kantola also does a great job of emulating the bullish growls of Karl Willetts – though I feel his delivery is a little far back in the mix of Voracious. Anssi deserves oodles of praise for his multi-talented showcasing both here and with his other project Architorture (whose newest LP is incredible, by the way). In (Psychoparalysis) he is responsible for vocal and guitars whereas, in his more thrash-oriented outfit, he employs a totally different vocal style, whilst tackling drumming duties! For a man who recently had a finger torn off in an accident, many kudos are required.

The title-track is a rhapsodic journey through different atmospheres of death metal, from the powerhouse mid-tempo riffs to the blistering blast-beats – through various sections of calm which break up the monstrous composition. Voracious is at its best when settling into full-on death metal groove, and the avid fan will find plenty to enjoy within its runtime. Even the short follow-up track “Verify Truth” offers plenty of counterpoints to keep listeners intrigued. According to the band, these are the longest and shortest numbers they have composed, so it’s a fine way to introduce oneself to the world of (Psychoparalysis). Use this to get a taster, then delve into their full-length. It should satisfy fans of Death, Bolt Thrower, Gorguts and Morbid Angel alike.