Estuary - The Craft of Contradiction
There's so much to like about this, but then it becomes wearing down. It starts with a straight Rigor Mortis tribute of high speed riffing, but you notice immediately that for every promising beginning, there's some heavy metal termination that is a cliche because it is and always was obvious. Moments of this sound like the technical black/death of later in Immortal's career, and there are nods to Slayer and technical death bands like Pestilence. On the whole it is fast speed metal/death metal as a hybrid, even if it has deep whispery death metal voices. Parts of it, with the combined speed and technicality and really obvious pieces, reminds me of Hate Infernal and other post-death bands. I would like to like it; I almost do; however, the sheer repetition coupled with dumbass resolutions makes it unlikely I could listen to this again.