Chuck Schuldiner Project

Friday, August 7, 2020

Crafting The Conspiracy - The Cosmic Key II


Man it's been a while since I heard a proper deathcore album, but I gotta say, I'm still very much in love with the format. the genre always had a lot of potential and the performance on The Cosmic Key II the latest from Crafting The Conspiracy has me itching to get back into Thy Art Is Murder, Whitechapel and and Fallujah. The intensity that they deliver on with this new record is exciting and while the band very much leans into some of the traditional genre tropes, it's a blast to really sink your teeth into what they are all about and start to see that Crafting The Conspiracy have the potential to really be among the greats of their generation of deathcore.

What will get you right off the bat is the flashy guitar playing. The flourish of the angular riffing of a track like 'Serenisis' is delectable. The punchy production and blasting drums work together to ensure something that is exciting and powerful. The Cosmic Key II surprisingly has a much broader dynamic range than many of the bands peers too. The execution here is exciting simply because, while the band do not betray any of their roots, they do fantastic job of leaning into some of the more tasteful and exciting elements of their genre of choice. Toss in lyrics that view humanity as a virus and look into the conspiracy against the common man and you see that Crafting The Conspiracy are onto something truly special. 

The Cosmic Key II is a thriller from top to bottom. Even when they bring in more conventional metalcore elements on a track like 'Equilibrium (Earthbound II)' it is clear that the band know how to write songs really goddamn well. This is an album that acts as a wonderful summation of what makes the deathcore genre so appealing in the first place. Yes there are a lot of tropes at play, but I kind of love those tropes, they were what so many of us were raised on. This is a masterful offering - what more can I say? If you like deathcore, you're gonna have a good time. 

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