Autocatalytic Asphyxiation

Jan. 11, 2017


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The Pitch:  Crazy mathcore meets jazz-infused progressive music and avant-garde with this Ontario project.  FFO Torrential DownpourSikth, The Fall of Troy

What I Like: There is so much going on here, it's hard to know where to begin.  From the opening track, "Mondoslam," you get a pretty good summary of what these guys are about: wicked, Dillinger-esqee stretches of technical gymnastics, sudden bursts of The Mars Volta sounding clean vocals, and detours into proggy guitar jams.  Throughout the duration of this album, you will turn so many corners it's going to make your head spin.  One minute you'll be full tillt with truly ferocious screams and dizzying drums, the next you might be catching your breath with a classical guitar solo or grooving to a full jazz instrumental.  Regardless, you will be entertained.

What I Don't Like: I feel like I need to give this a few more spins before passing any negative judgement, but as of right now I do feel like there is room for a tighter flow of this album as a whole.  Very minor criticism.

The Verdict: Fabulously unique and always thrilling, Vicissitudes is another album that surely would have made my end-of-year list had I heard it sooner.  Fortunately Mathcore Index continues to keep me on the pulse.

Flight's Fav's: Mondoslam, Turbo Lawnmower, Skytown, Garage Monger, Hexadrizzle

- Review by FlightOfIcarus

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