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Reptilium – Adrenochromacy

by "Der Bärtige Mann" Gareth Beams at 02 June 2020, 1:43 AM

Brutal Death Metal and Ecuador are not usually two phrases mentioned together, but these guys are trying to make sure that you do associate the South American country with the subgenre of Death Metal. This release is their second EP in as many years following the release of Conspiranoic in August 2019.

Le Grand Animal de Maastricht” opens up the EP by unleashing a decent melody, tempo is decent, vocals are slow, but this is just a warm up, the vocals meet the tempo as the higher pitched vocals mix things up with the lower vocals. The beat and tempo are set at a good height. Its in French, vocally, so I have no idea what is being said. The change of tempo rapidly is doing well to create a decent melody within the song. It’s a good start to the album, heavy and hard-hitting.

New Deadly Bastard” starts in similar fashion to the previous song. The pace isn’t quite Slamming, but it is decent. The vocals may now be in English but no idea what is being said. The melody build inside works well to expand the song, sometimes this can be more effective for a song that you concentrate mor eon the instrumental sections. Again, it’s a decent song, but lit no real fires and its nothing I have not heard before, that being said, there is nothing wrong with the song and it is a decent enough attempt.

Refusing The Hidden Truth” is the third song in a row to have an audio sample to start off, it doesn’t last long until the impressive mix of vocals kicks in, along with the high-tempo melody. The random sounding melodies work well within each other to create that hard-hitting tempo, executed well. This is a decent song where they feel like they are flexing their talent muscles more after warming upon the previous songs. The melody is building up to match the tempo, its effective. The nest song this far on the album.

Massive Abduction” is the final of the 4 songs to appear on this EP. The start is without a sample, just goes into the heavy, deep melody. The tempo is not set as high as some other sections in this album, it is more balanced and steadier for a while. The band do try to pick up the tempo, it is slightly increased, but not lasting log. This one is so far more low vocals than high; it does seem like they are missing. This has more technical segments within the melodies than we have heard before, but it is not enough to break the song’s overall pace and direction.  Maybe missed a trick with the pace but it is a decent enough close to the EP.

Album Summary… its not a bad release, there are good sections in each song that most fans will enjoy. Is it anything new? No. Could they have changed a twist in a song? Yes. So, basically enough to enjoy with plenty of room for improvements.

Songwriting: 7
Musicianship: 7
Memorability: 7
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

1. Le Grand Animal de Maastricht
2. New Deadly Bastard
3. Refusing The Hidden Truth
4. Massive Abduction
Nirah – Guitars & Vocals
Lotan – Bass Guitar
Cecrops – Drums
Record Label: Independent


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