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Acerbus - the.shape.of.noise.to.come
Review: This ambitiously titled work takes death metal to new heights within familiar shapes. In the might of its pummeling strength, the heritage of deathgrind technique from Suffocation to Pyaemia makes its appearance and is expanded by the efforts of this band to make something. Their emergence into the avantgarde is matched by relentless technically and, where linear in concept, assumes such a role as part of its experimental and unfinished nature leading up to album material.
Three songs of tight and unyielding metal utilize lead guitar playing as a rhythm instrument of taut textural and tonal integration to an ongoing narrative of unstoppable, microdivided rhythm. Where there is aspiration to the sacred, in clear gestures to rid metal of some of its clonelike expectations, there is here most profoundly a joy in the profane for the sake of the music itself. The explosive guttural rumbling of vocals saturates the listener with a disturbing scent of feral atavism. Drums anchor the wash of roaring bass-heavy sound with inventive patterns which display a sense of humor within their carapace of seriousness. Worthy of mention also is an adept bassist who could teach the guy from Cannibal Corpse a thing or two. Where technical deathgrind continues to grow, this band forges ahead upholding the principle that music, independent of style, should be adventurous.