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Psycroptic - Psycroptic

by Matt "Wolverine" Johnson at 31 March 2015, 6:06 PM

You there! You fancy yourself a bit of colorful Technical Death Metal, do you? You are in good fortune then, with PSYCROPTIC's new self-titled album. This nine-track release features an array of hard-hitting riffs and pummeling drums with a tandem of screaming styles present from Jason Peppiatt on vocals. Accordingly, there is no shortage of blast beats, tempo changes, and deluxe arpeggios which propagate the technical aspect of their music. You can expect a few different styles of Metal hidden in the mix as well, such as Hardcore, Thrash, Heavy Metal, and even some Melodic Death Metal (such as at the end of "Sentence of Immortality").

It is hard to argue the success of this band and as an Australian Death Metal band, they are in good company with other bands from their nation such as THY ART IS MURDER and PARKWAY DRIVE. There just seems to be something about Australia that breeds wildly popular killer Metal bands. Just as well too, since it is a nation of extremes and notoriously deadly fauna.

I have to give a lot of credit to this band. They have been in existence since 1999 and have now released six albums. They have a massive global fanbase and have toured with the likes of NILE and DEICIDE, gaining fans and earning respect at stops along every tour they do. You could hardly expect anything less from a band on the Prosthetic Records label, as there have been some truly legendary acts associated with it.

This album continues where their last album, February 2012's "The Inherited Repression" left off. Their exquisite brand of Metal is characterized by the "not-give-a-fuck-ness" of the attitude present in the sound. It is easily comparable to SOILENT GREEN's earlier work, although with Ben Falgoust on vocals, it would be almost identical in sound. Nearly all of PSYCROPTIC's self-titled album is recorded with no reverb, giving the music a very blunt, stiff sound. While the listener is able to grasp the notes one-by-one, it leaves me with a little to be desired in terms of effects. Regardless, I still absolutely enjoyed this album and it continues to build the legendary status this band has established.

3 Star Rating

1. Echoes to Come
2. Ending
3. A Soul Once Lost
4. Cold
5. Setting the Skies Ablaze
6. Ideals that Won't Surrender
7. Sentence of Immortality
8. The World Discarded
9. Endless Wandering
Jason Peppiatt - Vocals
Cameron Grant - Bass
Joe Haley - Guitars
Dave Haley - Drums
Record Label: Prosthetic Records


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