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Algophobia - Dreams

The Fearless Pain-Immune Dreamers - 93%

bayern, August 12th, 2018

This bunch appeared at nearly the same time as the legends Sadist, and in a very similar manner they started their career with some expertly-stitched classic technical/progressive thrash. If Sadist were aiming at the more atmospheric side of the spectre even at that early stage with side-gimmicks slowly finding their way into the complex rifforamas, our friends here epitomized a more clinical, more precise approach to the genre, or rather genres as there was a tangible shade of death caught here and there as well.

This 4-tracker here is a sheer display of musical dexterity with "Human Shreds" presenting the death/thrash mixture in all its heightened intricate glory with technical, also sophisticatedly melodic, riffs rushing forward unperturbed by the menacing atmosphere created by the low-tuned semi-death metal grunts serving as the vocals. "The Black Voice of Wind" brings the shadow of Coroner’s “Mental Vortex” with more complex, labyrinthine arrangements presented with some dazzling virtuous bass work “roaring” authoritatively underneath. "The Walled Town" goes up in both the speed and the complexity department with serpentine riff-formulas fighting their way through the stylish pyrotechnics, the mentioned Swiss masters given another run for their money with the title-track regardless of the marginally more brutal execution witnessed, the smattering hectic riffage making circles around the more linear deathy skirmishes to a dizzying effect.

With Coroner shifting away from their compelling technical/progressive thrash shenanigans at the time, it was great to hear these young upstarts paying such a handsome tribute to their peak years with a desirable breath of death. The latter became way more prominent on the next demo, including in the raspy spiteful vocal department, where the Swiss legends’ influence wasn’t that strong anymore, the band seemingly looking at the technical death metal roster as a field for expression…

under the circumstances it came as no surprise that their only full-length was a nearly full-fledged death metal record, with the mentioned title-track from the demo here also served with a more brutal deathy veneer, an intriguing work with echoes of Atheist, above all, that nearly matched the lofty standards set by Sadist again. Alas, the band hid from sight shortly afterwards, just when the Italian death metal scene started filling with talented newcomers (Gory Blister, Aydra, Karnak, Coram Lethe, etc.) that elevated it to the very upper echelons of the movement; heights where no fears of any kind could possibly exist.