Genre- Melodic/Tech Death
Label- Metal Blade Records
Location- Larimer County, Colorado
FFO- The Faceless, Misery Index, Gojira
Apoptosis was produced by long-serving producer extraordinaire Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Cephalic Carnage) and this one he should and the band should be damn proud of. Can hear that the band poured everything they had into this one. It’s been 3 years since their last release, which meant there was no holding back. From start to finish, every aspect of the music shines like a brand new light bulb. Drummer, Brandon Park is on top of his game with performance on Apoptosis. Not only playing stupidly fast when needed but he is also able to really add some different dynamics to their sound. A great mix of melody and brutality would be the best way to explain it. I was just mesmerized by his consistency throughout the whole album. Young drummers need to listen to his work on this one. Bass is usually a lost art when to comes to a lot of metal. It tends to get drowned out in production and hard to hear. I was very impressed by the sound that new bass man, Brandon Michael was able to deliver. Every once and while the bass soars over the music and adds a new sound you weren’t expecting.
Vocal duties are handled by Riley McShane, a vocalist I would keep a sharp eye on. Wow, would be the best way to explain my reaction to his vocals. Pure evil and darkness has plagued this mans vocals. His lows gave me goosebumps. His mid range growls were executed perfectly. The few times he incorporated cleans were well timed and didn’t seem out of place. Very calm moments in between the chaos. Now, the guitars were the reason I instantly fell in love with this record. Thanks in large part to lead ax man, Greg Burgess. Holy cow, this man can tear it up. Beautiful solos that I don’t want to stop. Melodic as all hell. Throwing in killer little licks that fill in the cracks when asked to. When I started to play guitar, his playing would’ve been great inspiration. Just methodical and clean. By far one of the best out there. Let’s not forget Michael Stancel, who’s well timed riffs keep the rest of the music flowing.
Allegaeon are able to incorporate two very similar styles of metal and mold it into this beast of a sound. Combining the over the top melody and technical aspects and mixing it with some great death pieces. Each song hits on all notes and doesn’t sound like the previous. “Metaphobia” is probaly one of the best death metal performances I have heard all year to be honest. Lows that ring home and incredibly fast blasts. Personally, it’s “Tsunami and Submergence” that show off everything this band is capable of. Would be the one song I play for people who have not heard them before. One of the songs that incorporate cleans. Some songs are on the longer side, ranging from 4 to 6 plus minutes but I am not complaining. They had a lot to say and needed the extra time.
I hate saying that metal is the superior genre but after listening to Apoptosis, I am inclined to say it is. Allegaeon have delivered a performance for the ages. From vocals to drums, I can’t even find a downside. Every second of this album is well crafted and doesn’t disappoint long time fans. New fans like myself will fall in love with the mixture of different sounds and brutality. Do not sleep on this record.
Apoptosis drops April 19th on Metal Blade Records
Rating- 10 out of 10
Strongest Song- Tsunami and Submergence