Album: Aberrant Calamity
Genre: Death Metal
Label: Comatose music
FFO: Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal, Immolation
Dropping on February 22nd from Comatose records, the home of some of the heaviest death acts like Visceral Throne, Decimation and Murder Made God. Overall this record sounds great. The drums just barrage your ears from start to finish. Heavy and precise blast beats keep the death metal sound loud and true. Consistent double bass covers almost the entire album. Cymbals sound ok, not great but ok. They get drowned out with the snare on the blast beats. The bass is almost non existent. Seems to be hidden behind the heavy drums and guitar.
The guitars are your typical death metal guitar. Really fast up and down strumming that does not stop. At times they throw in a little solo to keep ya guessing. And boy do those solos sound great. Vocalist Gregorio Kochian channels his inner cookie monster and puts on one hell of a performance. Some of the best growls I have heard in a long time. Huge fan of the high pitch screams out of nowhere though. The vocals yes are low but not to the point where it is unrecognizable. I was able to hear them quite clearly when the drums weren't blasting along.
Being your traditional death metal, most of the album blends into each other. Not a whole lot to set itself apart from the competition. That being said; this still a solid death metal album. Songs like 'Fictitious Form of Stability" and "I Remembered to Breathe" bring that old school death metal sound and just hit home. Bring your neck brace kids! The album rolls on and finishes on one hell of a high note with "Slow Down". Boasting one of the catchiest riffs of the entire album and some sinister backing vocals. Still my favorite part is not knowing when one of those "demon like" screams will come flying in and make you the hair on your arm stand up.
This is going to be a solid release. Any fan of death metal will appreciate this. Hell any fan of metal will enjoy this. It's a headbanging record that's for sure. It hits all the right notes (no pun intended) and drives home from the get go. If you are not to familiar with death metal then I suggest you use Prion as a stepping stone into this dark world of heavy music. Look for more from this band keep your ears open.
Rating: 7/10 Strongest song: Slow Down