album : The Inherited Repression
artist : Psycroptic
genre : Technical Death Metal
year : 2012
So, what was Psycroptic doing for the last four years which is by far their longest break between two subsequent releases? They were preparing themselves to unleash their fifth full-length The Inherited Repression, and it is sounding like it’s going to be the undisputed king of all things death metal, this year. You say Cannibal Corpse has entered the studio? I say so what! This discussion will be continued in Cannibal Corpse‘s upcoming album Torture‘s review sometime next month. Fuck, Psycroptic have included a no non-sense policy on their latest record, and they do not take even one second of the entire forty one minutes of the album for granted. I’m not a Psycroptic fan-boy, and they have won me over by their sheer devotion to the institution of technical metal.
Extreme guitarist Joe Haley fiddles with his strings like a monster taking over the human species, while his drummer-brother David Haley doesn’t play the drums, he beats you up with his sticks. Crazy shit going on here. The riffing and brutality combined with the minute technical details have put me under pressure to rave about them. Now that valentine’s day is so close-by, people who are unhappy with their partners should tie up the hands of their partners, put a headset on them and play this album starting from song number one. And then watch them and giggle. The songs will disturb them with out giving them so much time as to breathe and would be a real punishment. That is exactly what the band wanted you to do when they named their album The Inherited Repression.
I always thought Matthew “Chalky” Chalk was a better vocalist, and I have the same thing to say on this release too. Jason Peppiatt does his thing like any other death metal vocalist does, so he fits the bill but doesn’t push the vocal quotient of Psycroptic higher. He falls short when it comes to exuding versatility in his vocals. But beware Cameron Grant‘s bass playing, which has remained the binding factor of every thing happening on this band’s songs. Look out for the utterly complicated sections on tracks Carriers of the Plague from 1:58 to 2:45, Euphorinasia from 0:50 to 1:55, The Throne of Kings from 0:25 to 1:29, Unmasking the Traitors from 2:12 to 3:10, From Scribe to Ashes from 1:45 to 2:27 and the entire Deprivation track.
Any other technical death releases in 2012 would now be judged as per the rules and regulations set by the new Psycroptic record. For now I’m going to go and play The Inherited Repression at the loudest volume possible so that my enemies get scared. See you all in my next article.
Rating : 4.5/5
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