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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Psycroptic - As The Kingdom Drowns

We are in a dark point of human history. The world is collapsing, some think that the planet will be uninhabitable by 2040. There is political tension, strife, madness, things are not going great and this is what we have to deal with. Psycroptic understand this, and their latest opus, As The Kingdom Drowns is sort of a testament to the searing and devastating terror of the modern world. With their trademark high powered riffs and crazed songwriting approach these Tasmanian devils have brought their sound to a new level, and I can't help but to love it.

From the circle pit inspiring shred to the bone crushing breakdowns, As The Kingdom Drowns encapsulates everything that has made Psycroptic a special band over the years. The sense of grinding forward motion and almost terrifying sonic assault that they so eagerly embrace here has me thrilled and the breadth of their sound has only grown since 2015's excellent self titled record. Now, seven albums and two decades deep the group seems poised to be unleashing what is some of their strongest material to date. There has always been a very clear progression for this band from release to release and now we see them bathing in the bloody kisses and fragile realities that define the modern death metal scene.

With potent melodies underscoring rich rhythm sections the band brings all of the trademark swagger, precision and technicality that has made them so great over the years. With flashy guitar solos that remain tasteful and a strange sense of aural poetry As Th Kingdom Drowns leaves you with a good taste in your mouth. It's a record from a band with a clear commitment to growth and expansion, yet it never leaves behind what made the band such a head turner in the first place. Squirrelly and fierce, Psycroptic have done it again.

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