The Pitch: Sci Fi themed Chicago technical death metal band Nucleus deliver their second full length album via Unspeakable Axe Records. FFO: Gigan, Sepetus, Gorguts
What I Like: We covered Nucleus' debut all the way back in 2016, and it's good to see these guys back 3 years later. In a year where tech death is dominated by The Artisan Era roster, it's nice to have a reminder of the darker, murkier side of the genre. Far from those glossier, more melodic directions, Entity is influenced by the old school death metal classics with a touch of doom atmoshere for good measure. Shovel in some Gorguts along with horror films like Altered States and Videodrome and you've got yourself the mind-bending world of Entity. The unpredictable songwriting and strangely psychedelic performances will melt your brain inside of your skull until it pours freely from your ears and nostrils. It's like an acid trip gone horribly, horribly wrong; one filled with lurching Lovecraftian monsters and body horrors from which you can't escape.
Critiques: Nucleus could do a better job of balancing their technicality and avant-garde leanings with elements that still keep the listener engaged. I love the atmosphere, but its often so off-putting that I start to check out. They might learn something from Artificial Brain or Horrendous.
The Verdict: Entity will probably appeal most to the most broken-minded listeners out there, again fans of the likes of Gorguts. It's bleak, ominous atmosphere and unapologetic experimentation are not for the faint of heart.
Flight's Fav's: Entity, Approach, Outpost
- Review by FlightOfIcarus
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