According to the dictionary, the album title chosen by Allegaeon is defined as “the death of cells which occurs as a normal and controlled part of an organism’s growth or development”, which begs the question does this refer to the fact that this is the first album without long term bassist Corey Archuleta and the growth refers to the addition of Brandon Michael? Whatever the reasoning for the title, it certainly is a bold statement to make and following up the 2016 release of the bands first real attempt at a concept album Proponent For Sentience the question is does the new material aid the bands development?
Clocking in at 57 minutes being split between 11 tracks, there is plenty of airtime to display the full force of the revised line up and express how the new dynamic has allowed the band to flourish.
The sheer technicality of the album is clear from the start of ‘Parthenogenesis’ as this heavily music lead track begins to warm up the ears, with a frenzied attack on the guitar neck as the drums try and match the note changes, we experience acoustic and electric guitars, melting between fast paced and melodic sounds, that really do soothe, before we head back to the heavier electric powered Technical Metal with smatterings of blast beats and a deep guttural vocal.
A times the guitars play like frolicking fawns and then they turn into duelling dragons as the notes almost challenge each other in combat, leading to some white hot guitar work that really captures the mind as the melodies scoop you and whisk you on this Technical journey through the spectrum of music.
The deep and brutal sounding vocal really adds a Death Metal edge to the sound as the cleverly structured layers of instruments behind continue their assault on every possible note of each guitar being played, and the drum skins take a real pounding to create a sweet yet savage combination that is up there with anything else.
The ease that the band morph from heavy to melodic is something special and really aids in the absorption of the record, as this is exactly how human emotions work. It is almost as if the band have managed to create a sound track for the human mind, complex and ever changing. This really feels like the band are growing and developing into something very special and very exciting.
Apoptosis is released April 19th via Metal Blade Records.
2. Interphase // Meiosis
3. Extremophiles (B)
4. The Secular Age
5. Exothermic Chemical Combustion
6. Extremophiles (A)
8. Tsunami and Submergence
9. Colors of the Currents
10. Stellar Tidal Disruption