Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Initial Impressions: Sarcolytic: Thee Arcane Progeny

Sarcolytic is a brutal death metal band that was originally formed as a side project of members of Disgorge and Images of Violence. This is the first very good release of 2010.

There are basically two styles of brutal death metal. The first style is pure brutality without a trace of melody. The second type has melody and some very technical riffing and guitar leads. Sarcolytic falls into the second style. The blastbeating drums and thundering bass is often accompanied by melodic guitar leads playing highly technical melodies. The tiem signature changes somehwat frequently and the tempo fluctuates wildly. The vocals are delivered in a typical growling death metal style.

As mentioned, this is the first very good release of the new year. This band puts more mainstream brutal death metal acts to shame. The constant barrage of riffs and drumming makes for a brutal listening experience, but this is one album that deserves to be noticed. It's a shame that it will more than likely fly under the radar.

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