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Extraordinaries of brutal death metal - 100%

KornelKontros, December 13th, 2017
Written based on this version: 2017, CD, Amputated Vein Records

Sophisticated death-bringers of Endocranial emerged from the ever-expanding capital of Ukraine around 2011. Their first material was an EP called "Sociopathy" (2012), which was quickly followed by their debut full-length "Impact of Change" (2013). Afterwards the band faced some line-up issues, but fortunately the remaining pair Andrey Malikov (guitar) and Hennadiy Korolov (vocals) solved them perfectly by adding first the drummer extraordinary Alexey Tsypchenko, whose skillful drumming you could hear beforehand on such well-known Ukrainian brutal death metal bands' materials as Bredor, Datura and Stalino. A bit later the final puzzle was also found in the person of Zlatoyar, who is simply a genius bass player, if you ask me.

So four years after their debut long-play the quartet returns with a devastating new album that will definitely widen the borders of brutal death metal and will enter its arsenal in a glorious way. The sound production on "In Presence of Total Absence" is also heads above any of their earlier efforts. It is ultra massive, dynamically destroying and just remarkably precise.

Each of their songs was structured and composed in an extremely over thought way, while the arrangements sound rather tasty and even futuristic sometime. Don't get me wrong, Endocranial still propagates the beloved brutal death metal alloy, but on the actual 8-song and circa 28 minutes long material they stepped further and decided to variegate their repertory with as many complex solutions as possible. Needless to say, they completed their mission quite successfully! It's a truly masterful job! Furthermore, to have some specialty there as well they invited guests as Christian K├╝hn of Defeated Sanity (appears in "Novus Ordo Seclorum") and Anthony Voight of Gorgasm (appears in "Bishopfall").

I enjoyed listening to every inch of this enormous compact disc! And what's great about it that you can listen to it all day long, and it won't make you bored! Moreover, with every additional listening you are going to find out some new details or previously unnoticed arrangements. I am anxiously looking forward to any new material they are going to release in the future! I can easily say it is the best Ukrainian death metal album of the 2017 year so far!

Originally published at the website of Encomium 'zine.