Hehe, well i had plenty of time with this almost played it non stop on a 3hour flight, so first of all this is the first album for this Montreal, Canada outfit, damn after Unexpect i kinda always expect great things from Canada hehehe, this is technical death metal with some twists and kinks, shall we get into it.
As it seems France has a lot more to offer, and i thought Gojira was a one time fluke, Scarve play a somewhat familiar mixture of technical death metal, with hints of industrial, and other “electronic metal” related sounds, i know it’s strange to say, but their music tends to go for the formula the likes of Darkane and In Flames go, it has to have a more “clean” chorus to grab peoples attention, it’s not a bad thing per say, Darkane master it to almost perfection.
Before talking about the album itself, I’ll try to place this record in the bands career and try to understand what can be expected from now on from Nile. “Annihilation of the Wicked” is Nile‘s 4th album. I think a band’s 4th album is, usually, the hardest one to conceive. I’ll explain…
I must confess, I’m a big Decapitated fan since “Winds of Creation”. Though this album presented great technique and skills, the Vader influences were clear. They did an excellent job anyway. Great strong songs.
OK! I could start this one stating that Muhammed Suiçmez – founder, guitarist and vocalist of Necrophagist – is a genius and I could do a biography about how he at the age of 14 already wrote the lyrics to “Onset of Putrefaction” and how he had a tough beginning in the guitar because of his parents Muslim thinking and how he manage to record the previous album all by himself. But I’m not going to do that. We have the Wikipedia for that.
In a few years, Psycroptic have already conquered a small space in the restrict group of bands that lead the technical death metal front line. The past two albums did shake the pillars of the more underground death metal community. With this “Symbols of Failure” – the third album of the Australian band – they definitely made some more heavy damage!. Even with some line up changes, they seemed cohesive and stronger then ever.