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Third time's the charm! - 100%

Akerthorpe, July 2nd, 2017

California’s Madrost have returned with their 3rd full length entitled “The Essence of Time Matches No Flesh”. This release sees the band continuing right where they left off, and that would be the total annihilation of the death/thrash genre. 2014’s “Into the Aquatic Sector” was an absolute monster, which would leave this album to be an all-out beast! This album includes everything that you could ever want in a death/thrash album and then some. Whether you have been a metal head the majority of your life or are looking to broaden your metallic experiences, this release would be one that is highly recommended on musicianship alone.

The riffs are wicked and slightly sludgy with a bombastic aura of the old school. Vibes and elements of traditional death metal combined with a slight grinding edge is what you will find here. Imagine a mixture of Incantation, Immolation, and Harmony Corruption era Napalm Death. Now, add to it the basic blueprints on thrash metal and you have the idea of where the band is going with this release. The double bass of the drums sound really good, yet the toms sound a little thin but the drummer is as good as any I have heard playing this type of metal. The tempo changes are handled very well but, man, that double bass is just monstrous and the rhythm is phenomenal. As for the bass guitar, I really can’t hear it that well, but I’m not sure that it really matters as the drums and guitars are so dominating that the bass lines are reduced to mere undertones. Still, though, it would have been nice to hear more of the bass on this release. Now, that bass is there, but it’s only there in such a veiled and vague way. The vocals are absolutely sick! The Patterns here remind me of those on Cerebral Fix’s “Tower of Spite”, Death “Sounds of Perseverance”, and Dissection “Storm of the Light’s Bane” all rolled into one. Now, just take a minute and imagine how awesome that would be. Some of the best death/thrash vocals but to some of the best death/thrash music in years! This is one album you definitely don’t want to miss out on.

I really enjoyed this release. I consider it a great follow-up to the mighty “Into the Aquatic Sector”. It even surpasses it in some aspects. Madrost bring forth some of the most beautifully crafted, yet pummeling, punishing metal with this release. If that wasn’t enough, the band did a killer job in the layout and packaging department. This is an independent release but it’s done so well, you’d swear it wasn’t.