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Beauty out of chaos. - 97%

Sigmund freud alternate, March 11th, 2016

Ever listened to a Bach fugue and thought "Pfft, what a show-off." No? Because that's absurd. Ever looked at a Gustave Dore piece and thought "Pfft, what a canvas-and-brush wankerer." Yes? Skitter away and perish, insect.

Necrophagist graced the earth with an ingenious technical masterpiece. The album shows the incredible creativity and craftsmanship of the band. It is surprisingly melodic, often breaking into brilliant, sweet motifs. The drumming is fast, providing the driving force of the album. As expected of a technical death metal album, the rhythmic motifs are complex, spanning several notes. It is a richly textured album, one that took several listening sessions for me to truly appreciate. "Stabwound" exemplifies the brilliance of this album. The way it starts is hard to describe; the drums provide a steady beat while the rest of the instruments interject, forming an overarching melody that is achingly beautiful. This complex interplay then dissolves into a solo that engages your brain in one of the most gratifying musical experiences. "Epitaph" is composed almost entirely of brief, recurrent motifs, breaking once or twice into a slow passage.

The album is largely instrumental, with the vocals only notable for occasionally growling "Stabwound!" and "Stillborn", which, if you think about it, is really bizarre and hilarious. Most of the time you're lost in the heavily layered instruments, so the vocals are not that noticeable. Each track is considerably different from the others, such that the album is not simply one long, fragmented track. "Only ash remains", for example, ends in an uncharacteristic dirge-like passage. "Seven" begins with a fairly slow, recurrent, bass-heavy motif that has a light rhythmic percussion. No review can do this album justice, not even a tome that fills up half a shelf at your local library. It is a richly rewarding experience, a celebration of creativity and craftsmanship.