Soreption is one of those bands that, with its noteworthy name and discography, is aiding in carrying on the technical death metal scene. Active since the mid-to-late 2000s and having three full length releases as well as one EP thus far, this Swedish four-piece shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. And, with all that being said, the band has recently released its latest album to the public.
The outfit's newest and third full length, titled Monument Of The End, was unveiled via Sumerian Records in August of 2018. This offering, which consists of eight songs culminating into 33 minutes of tech death content, features the main band's talents in addition to a couple of guest spots courtesy of some other vocalists within the death metal scene. The album's artwork is also the work of Caelan Stokkermans, a US-based graphic designer who's worked with artists such as Decimated Humans and Within Destruction in the past.
While most of it isn't anything relatively new, the riffs and drumming patterns are on point, as usual, with every blast beat and guitar line being finely crisp and audible thanks to the pristine production quality. Similarly to the band's other/previous works, this album will be a treat for those who are much more into the technical and fast-paced aspects of the genre. With those mixed riffs consisting of tremolo picking, chromatic breakdowns, high notes and guitar solo action, this is one to please many instrument nerds, such as myself. The highlights of Monument Of The End would have to be with tracks like 'Children of the Automaton' for its relentless guitar solos and relative fast pace when it comes to the breakdowns (giving off that Revocation/Obscura vibe); 'Nothingness Becoming' due to its introduction and outro sections, which give the music a different sort of atmosphere; and the last two tracks mainly for the inclusion of the guest vocal spots courtesy of Matt McGachy of Cryptopsy as well as Cattle Decapitation's Travis Ryan.
Like I stated before, most of the material on this album is stuff you've surely heard before when it comes to the notion that you've listened to Soreption before. If not, then you'll be pleasantly surprised, though. Another thing that turned me off is the lack of melodic-type riffs such as some of the ones that were present within the album's second half.
All in all, it is fair to say that I still got quite a bit of enjoyment out of Soreption's new album despite some of the shortcomings. It's nothing special, but it's the adequately written type of lightning fast technical death metal that is sure to please fans. Monument Of The End is, in short, filled with enough extravagant riffs, enthusiastic guitar solos, heavy blast beat and chromatic sections, and some surprises within the album's latter half to grab your attention and keep it for the entirety of its duration.
Fave Tracks: 'Children of the Automaton', 'Nothingness Becoming', 'Virulent Well', 'The Entity'
For Fans Of: Cryptopsy, Decrepit Birth, Revocation
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-Review by: Dave Raffy
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