PSYCROPTIC – SELF TITLED
Release Date: 13th March 2015
℗ 2015 EVP Recordings
- Echoes to Come
- A Soul Once Lost
- Setting the Skies Ablaze
- Ideals That Wont Surrender
- Sentence of Immortality
- The World Discarded
- Endless Wandering
What a magnificently massive sound coming out of little old Tassie.
The opening sequence to Echoes to Come is a fantastic lead in. It has a very Middle Eastern sound to it initially, with intermittent indication of the ferocity to follow.
Ending contains grinding, blistering guitar solos Joe Haley and truly tumultuous but accurate and masterful performance on the drums from Dave Haley. Really remarkable work.
A Soul Once Lost gives Cameron Grant the opportunity to shine with precise and skillful bass belting brilliance giving the track that overwhelmingly ominously deep tone throughout.
A devilish El Mariachi seems to have invaded the studio to the opening of Cold but yet again, the ripping guitar work and thumping percussion soon introduce the growling greatness of Jason Peppiatt.
The bands sixth studio album is brutally brilliant in every thrashing was with lyrics perfectly suited to the technical notes established on each track. Each track enhances the pitiless punishing of the senses and demonstrated how this band have improved over the preceding 15 years.
Then Setting The Skies Ablaze takes you to a whole new level. If you are sitting down, hang on. If you are going to stand up and mosh in merriment in an attempt to keep up with Dave’s masterful drum assault then some sort of harness will be in order to keep your head from flying right the fuck off.
Ideals That Wont Surrender gives us the opportunity to relax…briefly. Very briefly. And we are into it all again. Every track matches the ferocity of the previous and keeps your maniacal moshing at the pinnacle of pain, albeit a thorough enjoyment.
The World Discarded allows the groups early appreciation for SEPULTURA to creep out and sneak a peek at the pandemonium.
This is an extremely fine example of technical death metal in anyone’s language. The enjoyment really is enhanced by the knowledge that the band is home grown, Australian based and with a latest release able to mix it with anything on a global scale.
Thankfully Endless Wandering releases us gently back into the world.