Friday, July 10, 2015

Album Review: "Æra Dementiæ" by Antropofago

Æra Dementiæ
It feels like it's been a little while since we've had any brutal death metal on these pages.

France's Kaotoxin Records and Antropofago are taking care of that today however.

Much like Tuesday's post, this band comes from a place whose music isn't really heard throughout the world...but this time they're from France.

I don't really picture the French being all that angry, but more chill really. I suppose I finally need to go to Paris and see how angry they are over there.

Antropofago has been around since 2007. Their debut was released in 2011, an EP in 2012, and finally their follow up album in 2015.

After their overture ends, the fun begins.

Æra Dementiæ is a very heavy album that's full thick guitars, thundering drums, and old school death metal vocals.

Their songwriting is top notch as is their arrangement of songs.

Both the drums and guitars feature some very cool parts and riffing, but they are never trying to play over each other.

When the dual guitars shoot into hyperspace harmonies, the drums calm down into just maintaining the beat.

When the drums hit ludicrous speed and go plaid, the guitars simply hold down the fort. This is a truly amazing concept that many, many more extreme metal bands need to emulate. 

The bass guitar even gets into the fun during some beautiful arpeggio breaks. 

This album features no shredding lead guitars, but plenty of harmony melody guitars, very forceful vocals, and some of the best death metal arrangements I've heard in a long time.

Don't miss this one.

Release: 8/14/15
Genre: Death Metal
Label: Kaotoxin Records
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