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Supuration - Chronophobia
Review: Continuing in the vein of the previous Supuration album, the band (now calling themselves "S.U.P." to achieve distance, one might guess, from the thunderously uniform grindcore sound that had since the first Supuration dominated bands with medical names, thanks mostly to Carcass) mix the buttermilk melodies of light grunge (Pearl Jam) with their trademark hybrid technical metal, and throw in influences from industrial and jazz to percussion. Vocals have mellowed into a processed electronic growl and are more uniform, with sung vocals used almost exclusively in juxtaposition to the guttural, but this is done without the MTV night/day effect favored by nu-metal bands.
Looser in compositional style than earlier work, this album is a pursuit of musical spaces more than paths through them, but nonetheless does not abandon its emphasis on the structure and hence poetry of interlocking expressions leading from assumption to conclusion through internal conflict. Although one might not think to look for such things hiding behind such a gentle expression, some truly adroit riffcraft in a style that unites heavy music from Led Zeppelin to Atheist lurks on this album.