14 Pieces – ‘This Narrative Forlorn’

Anticoagulant – Opening with an encroaching warning sound, ‘Jaws’ style, before launching into immense heaviness. Melo-death vocals characterise the track, supported by similarly performed instrumentals and it does have catch. Equal parts melody and death, so something here for both melodic and growly extreme fans.

Lost In Darkness – Positive drum attack intro and getting heavier all the time. Clearer bass involvement here and it really comes into its own, providing a secure concrete backdrop. More riffage and harmonies, constructively employed backing vocals and really, just more of everything. Blending the melody with the death aspects well, that strategic blend makes it an easier listen then many melo-death tracks. There’s a spark of light to this, which is at once, intriguing and free.

Meat Puppett – Introing with some pleasant and very agreeable riffage, before bringing in another combo of heavy and light. Enough growl and death vibes to fit into metal-core, as well as melo-death territory, yet it holds an almost proggy experimental thread, opening it up to a more freestyle angle. There’s an audible freshness, yet it doesn’t stray too far from easily definable genres. Comfortable enough.

Consuming Obsession – Wall of sound, hitting you, in a very metallic way. Extreme vocals make an appearance, soon blending, once more, with softer, background melodic ones. Definitely more growl to this one, though. Slight echo, if you listen carefully, of G’N’R’s ‘Double Talkin’ Jive’, riff wise and just a harder overall sound. Edging into the kind of productive anger that works, when taken into the studio. The rawness is escaping.

Asphyxia – Upping the pace, speed and heaviness; this is a volume increase on that raw aggression I referred to above. Varying the vocals, to include deeper melodic sections, these work well with the growlier bits. Now the energy’s releasing itself, adding more plausibility and though it may seem a curious place to throw it in, that laughter at the end does make me smile.

Transmutation – Good confident, bold intro, really going for it this time. Making the most of the closing track, they really do throw the passion into this one. It’s always a great sound to hear. Just more of everything makes this a really strong, powerful track. Pity it ends there, but it’s a great closer.

Overall – Clear effort wins the day here. A good example of what can be achieved, with solid equal band efforts, with passion and energy thrown in. Enjoyment of process shines through and generally, it’s just a decent piece of metal, increasing in plausibility, with every track.

7/10 *******

For fans of melo-death, extreme, black and thrash metal.

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