Karmacipher
Introspectrum


4.0
excellent

Review

by Fernando Alves CONTRIBUTOR (71 Reviews)
August 14th, 2020 | 26 replies


Release Date: 04/30/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Intimate dissonance

Sometimes the most pleasant surprises are the most unexpected. I had never heard of Karmacipher until a couple of days ago, when I discovered them by chance while scrolling a metal chart. I was looking for something that I might have missed over the last few months, and, voilá, I uncovered this dissonant new snack from Hong Kong. What drew my attention, besides the obvious stylistic bond to Ulcerate, was Introspectrum's polished and crystalline production. Instead of the atmosphere present in bands such as Ulcerate, Ceremony of Silence or Noctambulist, Karmacipher relies on a clean, polished sound, through which we can taste all the small, subtle details.

Speaking of details, let me start by mentioning the remarkable performance by drummer Kévin Paradis (Benighted, Aggressor), who confers an admirable volatility to Introspectrum. His drum set has a magnificent sound, from the polished cymbals to the snare, everything in his tuning seems to match the instrumental background perfectly. Kévin's dynamic breaks are something to be admired. Musically, the album is closer to Necroracle rather than to the following EP 陣獄, which explored greater atmospheres. As I mentioned previously, Introspectrum has a cleaner, polished approach, which highlights the technical virtues of each musician. The variety of tempos is a constant throughout the album, and although not exactly a novelty in the genre, Karmacipher does it splendidly. 'My Spectrum's' early decrescendo is a fine example of this. The harmony sporadically present in the band's debut album has now faded, however, with due attention, we can still find some brief melodic glimpses, as in the subtle final harmony of 'My Spectrum' or the somewhat melodic clean guitar in 'Involuntary Converged'. As you might expect, it's not just the drums that shine, we find interesting riffs a bit everywhere, including the tremolo picking in 'None' or the dissonant, contagious riff present in 'Quadrant'. Of all instruments, the bass is certainly the most shy, nevertheless we can still see it peeking in 'Involuntary Converged', which is better than nothing, I might say. Consistency and quality accompany each song, however I would like to highlight 'My Spectrum', 'Revertant' and the closing track 'Eternal Departure', which is the smoothest song on the album.

Introspectrum may not be a fresh take on the genre, nor does it intend to reinvent the wheel, but it does deliver an intimate and appealing dissonant formula. Its refined approach takes us close to the band, into a small rehearsal room somewhere in Hong Kong. And I've already booked my seat, right next to the drums.



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user ratings (26)
3.7
great

Comments:Add a Comment 
TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2020


14876 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dissonant lads should check this. Good stuff [2]



Full-stream:

http://infreerecords.bandcamp.com/album/karmacipher-introspectrum

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Sniff
August 14th 2020


6660 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Do not forget Necroracle

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2020


14876 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah Necroracle is great. I might review it later this year

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2020


12853 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Boss artwork. Better review.

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2020


14876 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks mate

evilford
August 14th 2020


45403 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice rev album rips

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TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2020


14876 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It slipped under my radar when it came out. Better late than never, I guess

evilford
August 15th 2020


45403 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I hadn't heard of them til jac rec'd em to me a few weeks ago. Its hardcore ulcerate worship but it's so well done that it doesn't matter

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
August 15th 2020


14876 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, Ulcerate's influence is all over the place, but these guys have a great sound. The drumming is insane.

Darius The Imposter
August 17th 2020


22483 Comments


Dude i listened to the debut and it owns

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
August 17th 2020


14876 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Most definitely, and the following EP is also solid. I'm glad I discovered these guys.

MementoMori
August 17th 2020


907 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Amazing record. Kevin is such a sickeningly great drummer.

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
August 17th 2020


14876 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad you liked it! I gotta have a Kévin's tattoo on my arm. Unbelievable performance.

Rowhaus
August 19th 2020


3695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Can't say I know many metals bands from China. This slays and has some serious Ulcerate vibes.

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TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
August 19th 2020


14876 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Apart from these guys, I think I only know Vengeful Spectre

Sniff
August 19th 2020


6660 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ghost Bath bruh

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
August 19th 2020


14876 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't think I've ever listened to those guys

Sniff
August 19th 2020


6660 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Don't they're phony

Rowhaus
August 19th 2020


3695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Winds of Plague bro

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
August 19th 2020


14876 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Chinatown bands



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