Sensory Amusia - Bereavement
Band: Sensory Amusia
Genre: Tech Death/Grind
Label: Lacerated Enemy Records
Location: Perth, Australia
FFO: Xenobiotic, Krosis, Symbolik
I’m always cautious stepping into the arena of a ‘newer’ band because oftentimes you get talent but production that completely takes away from those skills. Sensory Amusia isn’t new to the scene, but they hopped back on the saddle last year with their EP entitled ‘In Extremis’ for the first time since 2013, causing me to have my doubts when I discovered their ‘Bereavement’ promo. But I could not have been more wrong. This band doesn’t just bring the talent, but also the production to support it. I can hear and understand everything going on to an extent. Is it the best production I’ve ever heard? Of course not, but it’s far better than the worst I’ve heard and gets the job done well.
If this intro doesn’t grab you, I don’t know what will. It’s a little over a minute of a showcase of pure talent and structure. It feels like everything is coming at you at a million miles an hour. This is sometimes a bad thing because it can leave instruments lost in a void of sound or things might just be too all over the place. However, Sensory Amusia finds a way to keep things concise within the chaos. I can fully appreciate each instrument and the role they play. There’s even some atmosphere that plays a part here and it adds to the fullness those guitars give off. Vocals in metal are always a make it or break it moment for me. I can be loving an instrumental but if those vocals kick in and don’t jive with me, it ruins the entire experience. So I went into the second song hoping I wasn’t about to hear just none stop pig squeals or inaudible gurgling. No sir, these vocals are diverse and powerful. Not to mention the guest vocals crushed and fit right in with everything that was going on. The main thing that kept standing out to me is the drumming. If I’m not mistaken, Kevin Paradis is the session drummer on here and he is simply unstoppable from start to finish. The song ‘Death’ is my favorite here because I think it best encompasses everything I’m talking about. The only song I was a little “iffy” on was ‘Pain’. I wasn’t a fan of the dysfunctional intro, but it pretty quickly picked back up and I was able to enjoy the rest. I also wanted to mention that the song lengths are perfect. Sitting right around 4 minutes each allows these guys to not only present their chaotic structure but also prove it doesn’t get boring after 2 minutes.
To be completely honest, I listened to this EP 3 times in a row, hardly realizing it. I would notice the intro restarted and my only reaction would be “Dang, it’s already over”. But a couple minutes later I’d just find myself lost in it again. A benefit of Tech Death is there’s so much going on that there will almost always be something new to find or follow in the music. That has been, and will continue to be one of my favorite aspects to music. Most of everything I’ve mentioned in this review could also have been said about their 2019 EP. Though I do think this current EP is a little better and has more to it.
As you can tell, there isn’t much to say against these guys at all. They are now one of my favorite underground bands and you need to check them out regardless if you are a Tech Death fan or not. Because even I’m not that big into the genre, Sensory just does it right. All I can say is I can’t wait for a full length. And when it does come out, I can guarantee another review right here.
Strongest Song: Death
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/sensory-amusia/1460599504