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Not Much Left to the Listener’s Imagination - 92%

bayern, February 9th, 2018

This very talented trio walks on the steps of their Swiss brethren Coroner, and the way it seems they may as well reach a golden status as well if the quality of the music they offer remains on this level. In other words, these lads specialize in old school progressive thrash which on the EP is presented with more restraint, the band concentrating more on speed and intensity with the more complex arrangements playing second fiddle.

Things have turned around on the album reviewed here which features much more complex, longer compositions some of which border on Vektor-esque futurism. “Ridiculous Impotence” alone is enough to throw the listener into bouts of disorientation the guys thrashing like demented only to abruptly introduce a contrasting stomping motif, not to mention the several surreal mid-paced passages all those having enough time to develop still subdued to the dominant hyper-speedy tone. “In an Eternal Lament I Drown” is a supreme dissonant shredder which is close to turning into an abstract extravaganza ala Zillah or Gigan at the beginning, but the hard thrashing resumes on full-throttle only for those elusive dissonant escapades to sound even more outlandish, the guys alternating both sides with clockwork precision.

“Misery in the World” is a space thrash symphony reminding of early Coroner, the more clinical execution adhering to a couple of smattering gallops, but this is still a fairly hectic ride with the tempo changes following in quick succession until the introduction of a beautiful balladic lead-driven sprawl. The title-track indulges in more mechanistic doomy rhythms which become more dynamic with time, but this remains a more minimalistic ride with less exuberant riffage which captures lost ground on “Cheers with My Destiny”, another fast-paced technicaller in the best tradition of Vektor and Darkane with miasmic, quasi-doomy surreality creeping underneath to a strangely sinister effect. “Sick Bastard” is a marginally more immediate headbanger with a few less ordinary leaps and bounds with “Virtue and Defect” not trying too hard in the progressive/technical department, either, the band preserving the unorthodox alien feel with a couple of dissonant “excursions”, warming up the audience for the final showdown, the 8-min instrumental “Labyrinth”, a true 8.5-min masterpiece of intelligent technical thrash which walks through mazes of virtuous overlapping rhythms and brilliant intricate riff-“salads”, a most thrilling roller-coaster traversed by regular speedy “skirmishes” and wrapped by a warm, dissonant Voivodian “cloak”.

The vocalist is a not very prominent presence with his semi-clean/semi-shouty timbre recalling at times Ron Royce (Coroner), at others sounding more aggressive with a covert deathy flair. And he can’t possibly have any claims at greatness with music of the kind making the rounds, another great example of the recent spacey, futuristic trend in thrash (Vektor, Torrefy, Droid, early E-Force, Mandroid of Krypton, etc.) that is getting bigger and bigger, and would inevitably draw more followers in the unmapped dystopian future. Our “dictators” here haven’t imposed a new set of rules here, but will make sure the newly recruited practitioners follow them obediently.