The Pitch: The final entry in our Mathcore Index inspired review series. We close out with the blackened technical hardcore of Colombia's MICO. FFO: Wolf King, Bastard Feast, Grieved
What I Like: Regular readers know that I love me some blackened hardcore, and MICO take it to the nth degree. Segunda Muerte is a more extreme outing than most, with its Wolf King-esque mixture of hardcore and death vocals. The album is an unholy union of Nero di Marte's cavernous atmosphere, Ulcerate's imposingly technical musicianship, and the vicious fury of Converge. If Deathspell Omega made a hardcore record, it might sound like MICO. The band takes a similar approach to melding relentless blastbeats with meandering labyrinths of post-metal riffs. The instrumentals are welcome breaks from the collapsing chaos, though they offer their own distinct sense of impending dread.
Critiques: Why have I not heard of this band? The metal community really needs to get back to grassroots. I'm tired of missing albums like this when I can't go a day without hearing about the latest Five Finger Death Punch news.
The Verdict: Another solid pick from the MCI crew. This album can be yours for just $7, and for all of the excellent songwriting and killer performances it is more than worth it.
Flight's Fav's: Plaga, Resquicio, Abismo Fértil
-Review by FlightOfIcarus
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