Friday, July 29, 2016

LP Review: "Paramnesia" by Destroying the Devoid

My preferred mode of travel, be it commuter or long distance, is by rail.

Riding a train, well there's just something majestic about that. It's easy to think about the people who laid those tracks across the country or how easy it is to get around in Japan by Bullet Train.

Here in the United States we don't have the relationship with trains that other nations do, but part of that is probably due to our great (already) country being so vast.

Most European nations are the size of one of our states, so it's much easier to travel by rail that way.

Spending time in Philadelphia and San Francisco, I saw just how awesome commuter travel can be in other cities not named New York. But what's great about travelling by rail is that the next stop is going to change everything.

Destroying the Devoid's Craig Peters
Listening to progressive music is a lot like riding the train.

The stop at the college is going to feature bright eyed youth fresh from their learning.

The big park and ride stop is going to have countless adults coming home from a long day at work.

How could we forget the part time riders going to the hockey game?

Upon first listen of Paramnesia, I nearly turned it off. What was touted as progressive death metal felt simply like run of the mill death metal.

This one just takes a little bit of time. About halfway into the second track, sweep picked arpeggios began appearing on keyboards then classical melodies on acoustic guitar. Needless to say, it was a bit hard to follow along.

But nothing worth doing is ever easy, and Paramnesia, was definitely worth doing and it's worth your hearing it.

Weaving in and out of Technical Death Metal were beautiful landscapes of sound. This is anything but your run of the mill death metal or your run of the mill progressive music.

Don't just listen to this album, but hear it. It's worth far more than just my effort.

Release: 8/19/16
Genre: Progressive Death Metal
Label: Unique Leader

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