Chuck Schuldiner Project

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Archspire - Relentless Mutation

Man - I always knew Archspire where good and had a ton of potential, but I don't think that I ever realized they were THIS good. A band who have always played by their own rules and brought  unique approach to technical death metal, their latest offering Relentless Mutation sees them pushing their unique brand of tech death to the motherfucking fore. With tastefully done solos and relentless grooves defining the album there is something endlessly exciting about what the band has done here. Cracking skulls mercilessly and consistently reminding us why we fell in love in the first place.

The devastating assault of these riffs is only matched by frontman Oliver Rae Aleron's unrelenting vocal attack. His percussive gutturals are devastating, adding an exciting new element to the music and reminding us time and time again just how different these dudes are. There is something wonderfully unique about his approach to the genre and it's perfectly complimented by the swirling riffs and angular bottom end assault that pad out this bands attack. This is tech death you can get lost in, not because it's super dense (Though it is) but because the songwriting is great, and at the end of the day that's all that matters.

With this record I find myself bobbing along to the music here and enjoying the genre in a way that I haven't in years. They have brought in an undeniable element of groove to augment this release as well. This is what technical death metal should be. As hard as it is, Archspire have somehow managed to create a highly unique tech death record that is also relentlessly addictive and which will draw you into the mix, refusing to let you go but instead choking you out on endless black metal annihilation.

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