Upon first listen It dawned on me, this band is "It",
the exact reason why some people still claim that deathcore is a genre thats not as stale as most people paint it to be,
Mixing up ambient clips that could rival any of DMST’s best yet still bringing a masterfully crafted death-core sound;
how the HELL did this happened?
Infection kicks thing open with a soft guitar build up that suddenly fades out and gives way to the chaos, the vocals are in the average range, mostly in the mid tone, not going too high nor too low (though eventually it happens),
second breakdown in this tune is the most enjoyable, mixing the quintessential chug sound with a superb drumming background and ambient sound that makes you feel in outer space
The guitars are top notch sound, not too technical to melt your face but show they got what it takes to keep things fairly technical (and you certainly get a feeling of them holding back a bit at moments)
the drums are some of the best out there, technical yet chaotic enough to fit the music well, take Realms for example, about a minute in a half in the whole song switches from a slow and steady build up to a frantic and almost galloping like sound complemented by the franticness of the guitars, only to switch back again to a slower more sludgy tempo
The breakdowns, the only detraction from this whole band,
they are not bad, but they are nothing new
if only this band would take a page off of Within The Ruins when it came to writing a breakdown then this whole album would be flawless, since they do slow down the music in an unnecessary manner (unnecessary since the songs do have their occasional breathing moments on each one of them, to add a breakdown right before this just feels badly juxtaposed)
Now onto the stellar track here Eyes: Closed, the most heavily BTBAM influenced track on this entire album,
It starts off with a nice sweeping arpeggio repeated twice only to launch itself to a breakdown-like riff, it keeps going like that until it changes gears at about 3 minutes in, from a aggressive and in your face song to a more mellow and calm section only to build back up to the opening riff in a more slow and sludgy way
I think that in the end this is by far one of the best deathcore releases out there along with classics like “We Are Gathered Here Today” and “The Price Of Existence”.
To best describe this album, and band for that matter, I shall take a passage off of their very own “Infection”
“Is this just paranoia that has shaken me, shaken me right down to my core?
Or is this just the beginning of worse things to come?”