For fans of: Fleshgod Apocalypse, Behemoth, Thy Art Is Murder, Origin, Nile.
One of the flaws in Extreme Metal currently, is bands try to get into the brutality immediately, without a sense of “foreplay,” so to speak.
On Xenocide, Aversions Crown made a point of emphasis to focus on song writing, rather than just jamming over blast beats.
Erebus stands out with its anthemic chorus making the song instantly memorable; the drum break during the chorus adds dynamics that give it a completely different flavour.
The video for Prismatic Abyss was released on the 11th and is the opening song on the album (after the intro track). It does its job of bringing the intensity to start the album off, while sticking with the trend of using the full sound spectrum.
Of course, there is still a strong base layer of hard drumming as Jayden Mason drumming lays down a foundation of brutality.
Not only has he shown to be among the most technical drummers in Extreme Metal, but his ability to create build-ups into the chaos helps give flow to the songs.
Vocalist Mark Poida delivers a dynamic vocals performance showing off a range of techniques to suit different parts of the songs.
This has had paid dividends as the music and lyrics have a stronger sense of flow than is often found in the genre.
The focus on writing better lyrics gives a stronger sense of story throughout the album as the central theme deals with a sci-fi oriented alien genocide.
While Poida and Mason add the foundation for the albums Extreme Metal credentials, it’s the guitar work of Chris Cougan and Mick Jeffrey that adds another dimension.
Rather than falling into the trap of the same-old cliché of riffing without substance, Cougan and Jeffrey add character with lead guitar melodies and even clean guitar breaks.
Don’t get me wrong, heavy riffing is provided throughout the album, but the two 8-string guitar players make excellent use of the extended pitch range to cover the full spectrum.
The presence and character of the guitar leads gives Aversions Crown their own signature sound that separates them from other fast blast-beat Extreme Metal bands.
As with other Extreme Metal albums, it is still an acquired taste that may not appeal to Metal fans, but some might find it bridge that gap.