Place of Chains

Oct. 8, 2019


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The Pitch: Arizona symphonic technical death metal band Singularity bring brutality to the cosmos with a new album via The Artisan Era. FFO: The Ritual Aura, Equipoise, Vale Of Pnath

What I Like: The Artisan Era, man. What can I say? They are absolutely taking over 2019 with their current roster: Warforged, Inanimate Existence, Inferi, Flub... and now Singularity. Keeping up with the same level of quality that we have seen from these other releases, Place of Chains is another high energy headbanger. Ripping melodic guitar hooks and a dense atmosphere of classical orchestration take us through worlds of intergalactic enslavement. The vocals feature both brutal lows and blackened highs that, in combination with the aforementioned symphonic elements, draw comparisons to the likes of Shadow Of Intent and Vale Of Pnath. The album also features guest spots from Inferi guitarist and labelhead Malcolm Pugh, Equipoise guitarist Nick Padovani, Arkaik vocalist Jared Christianson, and Animus Complex vocalist Jeremy Davis.

Critiques: If I'm being real, the album is a little generic. Maybe it just feels that way considering the competition in the genre this year, but I can't shake it. For all of it's entertainment value, I don't think I'll be remembering this one a few months from now. Only time will tell.

The Verdict: Place Of Chains is a fun and overall consistent experience that should please fans of the genre. Singularity and co have crafted another solid release for the label. My only hope is that they step of the innovation and memorability next time around.

Flight's Fav's: Ritual of Regret, Consume and Assume, Desmoterion

- Review by FlightOfIcarus

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