[jwopitz’s rating 5 out of 5 tasmanian devils]
Leave it to a band like to Psycroptic to bring me out of my slump and inspire me to write a post in over 2 months. Psycroptic doesn’t disappoint for sure.
Ob(servant) is a pleasant surprise in that I happened to just stumble upon news of its release just yesterday and can’t stop listening to it. All I can say is WOW!. Out of the 3 albums I own, this has trumped Scepters of the Ancients. After a slighty disappointing Alpha Breed, Psycroptic reigns in their more matured singer Jason Peppiatt all while refining and developing their already unique sound. No longer does he sound uncontrolled and trying to stand out above the mix. His vox are well settled into a very rich and well balanced sound. I think I may have come to terms with Chalky leaving the band now.
Drums – somewhat subdued compared to past albums and I like it. Not that there aren’t plenty of blast beats, constant snares, and double bass, but the drums aren’t as much in your face as they used to be. I find myself to be at odds with other reviewers, one even stating that he foudn the drums too over the top. Come on man, that is what Technical Death Metal is! Again, the drums settle well into the mix.
The very interesting thing about this album is it hints at Thrash metal roots. This is more evident in songs like Blood Stained Lineage. I just hear all these little thrash riffs. They may have been there all along from Scepters but I am just now noticing. So if you enjoy Thrash then you should find yourself liking Psycroptic more and more.
Psycroptic guitars are always a constant source of inspiration for me. Psycroptic has always been more rhythmic than solo-oriented, which is great. Who said every metal song necessitates a solo? Plus, for this style of music, in order to maintain that sense of brutality, having constant riffage suits Psycroptic better. Not that they can’t solo, because believe me they can. Anyway to the point, the guitars on Ob(serrvant) are as expected, clearly heard (great mix on this album btw), masterfully executed despite their being so technically challenging, and just bad-ass. You don’t hear a misstep at all. The other cool thing you don’t hear these guys do much (and still is the case) is harmonizing. There are a few passages in “Removing the Common Bond” where they perform at their normal blistering speed, but all while harmonizing. Amazing.
I bought this on iTunes and have to say I think Apple is starting to see the light. They are continuing to offer up more and more DRM-free music. Good, because that makes me more inclined to by from them. At 256 kbps and DRM-free, you can’t go wrong getting an online version of this. I haven’t the physical room for all the music I own so I kinda stuck in the digital format.
Rather than having me continue to spew forth my praises let me highlight a few choice tracks for you.
- A Calculated Effort
- Slaves of Nil
- Horde in Devolution
Up the Irons!!!!!