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Instant prog classic! - 95%

Feast for the Damned, May 14th, 2019

They did it! After a little less than a decade of being active, they released their 3rd album which made the band explode into the headliner category bands. Anything they did wrong on any of their previous records is gone, COMPLETELY FUCKING GONE! No deathcore elements at all, weird instrumentation, progressive and technical elements that could make bands like Obscura and Revocation jealous and variety in the vocals(!!!). This is easily their best release so far and it will stay this way for a while...

Now let's see why this album is that great. Well, I could talk about the amazing instrumentation for example, and the same things could be said about this album as the last one: song structures are complex, but they have an amazing flow to them (and this is one of the most important things for tech death bands), the extraordinary technical guitars and drumming are also here as usual with their blazing solos. You would think from this that it's your basic tech death, but you would be terribly wrong. The progressive elements in it makes it truly unique: the acoustic and sometimes nearly ambient segments of some songs, the use of saxophone (which actually made a bunch of people go ape-shit on the album), the mix of clear, shrieking and growling vocals just take it to a whole new level.

The chilling intro that is Cancer / Moonspeak (which is clearly the greatest intro that the band has ever made) starts the album off with a great atmosphere, but as soon as it's over, one of the greatest (if not the best) songs of this release starts playing. The Silent Life has everything you would ask from a Rivers of Nihil song and even more. Fast, weird tempo changes and heavy fucking vocals, yet there is space for a calm part, saxophone solo, and shrieking. As soon as it's done comes A Home, which has everything that made the previous song great with progressive elements cracked to the maximum. All of these could be said about basically every single song on the album it's that consistently amazing.

The only negative element I could mention about this album is.... well there isn't any. From the Mastodon like clear singing elements, through the industrial-ish instrumental song, to the use of saxophone and other weird instruments, everything suits this album no matter how risky they sound on paper.

Overall this is easily the the 2nd best "death metal" release of 2018. It lacks mistakes, although I wouldn't call it perfection since it's not an album that I could listen to anytime, you need to be in the mood for it, but when you are then you are in for an experience that you won't forget for a long time.

The highlights of the album are: The Silent Life, A Home and Hollow.