Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Deconstructing Sequence-Access Code (Ep 2014)

Though you could quite easily accuse this album of being a little bit of a mess stylistically, I think the daring nature of Access Code is what makes it work best. One thing's for sure: the technicality associated with death metal is here, and there are some harsh vocals, but really this is an altogether different kind of thing. An impressive blend of fusion and progressive music tied together with technical metal and brutality. Bands such as Atheist, Death and Pestilence had been experimenting in the same way for many years, but these guys are arguably the most "far out" of these excursions, these guys are really kick ass musicians  dabbling in fusion influences. The musicianship on display here is absolutely stellar, mindblowing yet tasteful. No wank to be found. The vocals are the one thing that is likely to put off some listeners,there are bits of whispering and clean vocals used sparingly at other moments, and though the death vocals are quite firmly in the style, they do fit the songs very nicely and give it a bit more of a sharp edge. The lyrics are mysterious yet relatable, concerned with personal and cosmic themes. I really like them. The production is solid, allows everything to be heard nicely and I can't really fault it. Though it may not click for everyone at first, and may never click for some, Access Code is a unique gem in extreme music. Interesting!!
Review by Paul Caravasi

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