Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Whorion - The Reign of the 7th Sector Review

Whorion are a technical/symphonic death metal band hailing from Finland. Just over a year after releasing their debut EP 'Fall of Atlas' in January 2014, Whorion are back with a debut full-length, released in April via Inverse Records. 

The album starts with 'Flesh of Gods', a track with a stop-start intro reminiscent of Decapitated before the full band kick in and make it clear from the outset that Whorion is an entity made up of some excellent musicians. 

Although the comparison to Fleshgod Apocalypse is unavoidable, Whorion aren't as bombastic with the symphonic elements. Their focus seems to be more on the brutality of the music with the symphonic elements there to add atmosphere to what would be some pretty run-of-the-mill technical death metal without. The three minute long instrumental track 'Gates of Time' would have been a perfect opportunity to play up the symphonics but even this seems downplayed and timid, which  definitely works in the albums favour and serves to highlight the sheer ferocity of the following track 'Immaculate'. 

Final track on the album 'Arrival of Coloss' is nothing short of epic, bringing the album to a close with a level of sophistication rarely seen in death metal circles. 

'The Reign of the 7th Sector' is a fantastic debut album, more than worthy of the time of even the most discerning fan of symphonic death metal. The incredible production and the level of technicality on display, particularly from the dual guitars of Ep Rautamaa and Antti Lauri, makes this a standout album in the genre.

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