AD Patres are a French Death Metal band who formed in 2008 and offered their first recording in 2012 titled Scorn Aesthetics prior to touring extensively in France and Europe, supporting acts such as Septic Flesh, Napalm Death and Morbid Angel, along with others, and heading to festivals across Europe including Hellfest. Now in 2019 AD Patres bring us the second release claiming to be more aggressive than Slam, more direct and uncompromising than Tech Death and without the nostalgia of the Old School. This is a huge statement to make so can they back it up?
The album opens with a skit around biting on something so you don’t bite your tongue,in preparation of the first musical track ‘Mechanical Enlightenment.’ Straight away the riffs is met with a chunky sound and beefy drums that relentlessly batter the skins and then a gruff and mightily aggressive vocal begins to narrate the horrors of the bands minds. This is one hell of an opening track and certainly warms you up quickly.
This impactive sound continues through the album, with uncompromising brutality, using rapid beats, a deep sound with dark riffs overt the top and then that vocal, which is something that could give you nightmares alone. The pace never seems to slow are you are battered from pillar to post by this monstrosity of a release, as it appeals to the sadistic side of musical enjoyments.
‘Led By Flesh’ is just a track that smashes you bluntly square in the temple and keeps going without any let up. ‘Spellbound’ really shows off the strength and power of the extreme vocal and also allows some musical displays of brilliance.
The band have set themselves a high standard with their words, prior to the release but trust me they back it up. This feels like a release for the ages, the intensity, brutality and brilliance of the mix allows for everything to be heard, creating a brain smashing experience throughout the 10 tracks.
A Brief Introduction to Human Experiments is released 8th February 2019 via Xenokorp Records.
- Shock Therapy
- Mechanical Enlightenment
- The Disappearance of I
- Led by Flesh
- Verses Void
- Enclosing Terror
- The Floating Point