A Blunt Description of Something Obscene

May 21, 2020


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The Pitch: Edmonton progressive death metal band Protosequence turn the tables with another 4 song EP, A Blunt Description of Something Obscene, this time with the support of Lacerated Enemy Records.  FFO: Obscura, InferiAllegaeon

What I Like: That FFO list is particularly notable this time around, because previously I had compared Protosequence to the likes of After The BurialAugust Burns Red, and Kadinja; with a much more metalcore approach to progressive music. Clearly they have been busy in the time leading up to this new effort, flipping the switch and going full death metal with no signs of looking back. While both Schozophrene and Biophagus were impressive in their own rite, A Blunt Description Of Something Obscene takes their technical musicianship to a whole other level, kicking off like Dream Theater with Aborted vocals. The way that cool little high hat fill leads into the first of many masochistically proggy bass riffs on “Savagery in Fundamental Behaviours” is pure ecstasy. From here on out it’s an impressive amalgamation of Obscura and Inferi packed with absurdly dizzying riffage. And I couldn't end without mentioning how much I love the orchestral element that further elevates the already powerful "The Pale" to stunning heights.

Critiques: I'm not a particular fan of the clean vocals on the title track.

The Verdict: I'm not sure what exactly spurred this new direction for Protosequence, but given the serious step up in both musicianship and songwriting, I have a feeling that nothing but good things are ahead for this band. Definitely check out A Blunt Description of Something Obscene if you are looking for top notch progressive death metal.

Flight's Fav's: Savagery In Fundamental Behaviours, The Pale

- Review by FlightOfIcarus

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