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Architectural Genocide - Cordyceptic Anthropomorph

Architectural Genocide
Cordyceptic Anthropomorph
by Martin Knap at 18 February 2020, 7:59 PM

ARCHITECTURAL GENOCIDE are a newly formed Slamming Brutal Death Metal band from Huston, Texas, all their members have been in other Metal bands for a while and they clearly don’t lack talent and skill. They’ve released a demo in 2018 which obviously came out well, because it landed them a record deal with the distinguished Brutal Death Metal oriented label Comatose Music. (Probably the biggest one, as far as I know, because Unique Leader Records aren’t really strictly focused on producing Brutal Death anymore.) With such a label behind them one will tend to have higher expectations, and the Texan quartet really does deliver some really high-quality Death Metal on their debut “Cordyceptic Anthropomorph”.

ARCHITECTURAL GENOCIDE’s sound is nicely balanced: it is fast and technical, but also chuggy and nasty. To put it very succinctly, they sound like a bit more Slam-y SUFFOCATION. They’re not super-filthy Brutal Death like DEVOURMENT or DISGORGE, but it’s also by no means the kind of clean, polished, techy stuff or Brutal-Deathcore which gets the most traction these days. The album is classically lean, with eight medium length songs on it. I have to say, I really like how the songs are written: they have a nice ebb and flow, the development in the song is never too predictable and nothing is overcooked here. And, god damn, the song have some really amazing hooks: ARCHITECTURAL GENOCIDE understand that for this style of music to sound catchy, it has to be rhythmically interesting, and they really know how to go about it, especially in the vocal department. I must add that the vocalist’s technique is top notch: he can effortlessly shift between these deep, commanding gutturals to squeals, which sounds beastly. Sometimes I feel like there are some overtones in his voice as well, which of course a mark of a tight growler.

I feel like many Brutal Death bands fall short when it comes to vocal delivery, their riffs might sound great end the drumming might be on point, but the vocalist just squeals or gurgles along. This is not the case here: the delivery is very rhythmic and are a big part of what makes the songs great. “Gorge on Deceased” stands out to me: it’s a super hard song, but the choppy cadence in the slower parts of the vocals is super catchy. Another such catchy moment (of many) is in the second half of “Pleasure induced by Agony”: is fast and blasty in the first half, in the second half the Slam grooves take over. As I’ve noted above the songwriting is on point: of course there is a lot of blasting and slams, but the there is space to breath as well, “Hallucinogenic Demise” has long ominous intro with an interesting build-up. The song has plodding atmospheric parts, but the intensity builds up gradually and the ending is absolutely insane. I also like how in most slaming section of “Abolishment of Human Existence” they suddenly shift to a dope sounding techy riff – stuff like this sounds surprising, tight and keeps the listener on the edge.

As with all extreme Metal, this album will appeal mostly to those people, who are already fans of it. But if you take it for what it is, you have to acknowledge that this rules. If releases like this will keep coming out this year, I’ll be happy about the state of Brutal Death.

Songwriting: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 8
Musicianship: 8

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Spires of Mangled Tissue
2. Hallucinogenic Demise
3. Dominate and Proliferate
4. Cordydeptic Anthropomorph
5. Gorge on Deceased
6. Pleasure Induced by Agony
7. Abolishment of Human Existence
8. Burgeoning Necrosis
Lineup:
Jonathan Blake - Guitars
Matt Day - Bass
Nat Conner - Drums
Daniel Brockway – Vocals
Record Label: Comatose Music
     


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