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Acerbus - Live at KVRX
Review: Late in their short career, Austin technical death metal band Acerbus stopped by the University of Texas radio station to record a live set consisting of their nine recorded works to date. It's a shame this recording did not happen in a studio, because in it the band have both relaxed and refined their instrumental precision to its apex, resulting in crisp leads and fast riffs which ring clearly yet fall into their own internal groove. Even better, bass is more audible than on the studio recordings and so we can hear what was a large part of their sound, which was an internal dialogue between the more laconic bass and the frenzied guitars. Had this band lived, they might have dropped some of the guitar special effects and focused more on the kind of flesh-tearing but precise riffing we hear here.