The Pitch: Everlasting Spew Records presents the latest EP from Italy's deathgind/mathcore band Onryō (featuring the drummer from Hideous Divinity). FFO: Psyopus, The Red Chord, Cephalic Carnage, The Dillinger Escape Plan
What I Like: This is my sh#t right here. I was in the midst of a major slump prior to the time of this writing, but Onryō turned things around in a big way with just 14 minutes of music. If you're tired of hearing the same generic metal music over and over again, then you need to pick up Muto. Even if we throw out the chaotic, Sigh-esque saxophone performance on "Sickness and the Aluminium Foil Helmets," we're still left with a twisted, vicious assault on the senses. The guitarwork is every bit as impressive as, and plenty reminiscent of, works from The Dillinger Escape Plan and Ion Dissonance; with clear jazz influences coursing through its veins. Highly technical drumming, noisy feedback, and a brutal vocal performance that puts the "death" in deathgrind all make this album required listening.
Critiques: Go crazier? Add some hammered dulcimer? I dunno how you improve from here, but feel free to shoot for the stars.
The Verdict: Fantastic EP all around. Possibly the best short length release of 2017 so far. Get it now.
Flight's Fav's: Oni, The Pyromaniac - Anarchogrind