Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Review: Archspire - The Lucid Collective (2014)

Artist: Archspire
Album: The Lucid Collective
Genre: Technical Death Metal
1. Lucid Collective Somnambulation
2. Scream Feeding
3. The Plague Of AM
4. Fathom Infinite Depth
5. Join Us Beyond
6. Seven Crowns And The Oblivion Chain
7. Kairos Chamber
8. Spontaneous Generation
Welcome to the world of technical death metal with your hosts, Archspire. Canada breeds a rare type of human, mutants perhaps, whose genetics are specifically altered to allow them to perform the most insane wizardry on all instruments. Ok, so I made that up, but it makes sense. Dean Lamb and Tobi Morelli completely shred the shit out of the fret boards; I’m surprised they don’t get splinters. Jaron Evil’s bass work seems to hit all the notes the guitarists don’t while still staying amazingly relevant and high up in the mix (which I really enjoy. I hate when the bassist is drowned out). While the guitar/bass work is definitely otherworldly, what stands out here is the drumming and vocals. Spencer Prewett is definitely a mutant behind the kit; I’m not even sure how he can play a whole set at such breakneck speeds. His playing/precision is amazing, subjectively the best drummer of all time. Where do I start with the vocals? Oli Peters is a machine. They follow the drumming that’s for sure, very schizophrenic sounding. A good analogy would be the Busta Rhymes of metal:  BREAK YA FUCKN NECK! While I really, really enjoy this album, it is not for the faint of heart, very abrasive and technical, while still being somewhat melodic. Not sure I can pick a favorite track because there are so many good parts.

(I wish there were a few more slow parts to compliment the speed)
written by Derek Knapp

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