Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Aphyxion: 'Aftermath' - Album Review

Denmark have a hammer to throw in and it’s been 10 years matured. Aphyxion are up for releasing their second album and in 10 years a lot can happen. A lot of bands really start to ‘find their sound’ as it were. This shows a certain careful consideration of blunt force trauma to the ears that you’d expect from a Metal band. Aphyxion are a low guttural but melodic take on Death Metal and though I’ve heard the comparison with In Flames, I’m not sure if I can see it.

‘Aftermath’ starts things off with a rocky beginning with ‘Dark Stains of Ivory’, which is so unfortunate because ‘Same Kind of Different’ shows an energy and brutality to the band. ‘Same Kind of Different’ makes its mark by having truly shocking moments of background synth to really make it a track to remember. The synth, that showcases the bands melodic moments, continues into ‘Destined to Fail’ but almost fights with the Guitars for centre stage. It’s here we start to see that the band show instances of Equilibrium and Wintersun but keep it a lot more in the background and not as constant. ‘As We Blacken the Sky’ brings the album to more familiar territory within Death Metal. This energy continues through ‘Born to Stand Strong’ with empowering guitar riffs, though a little more the case with ‘Born to Stand Strong’.

‘Can’t Be Beat’ takes a slight atmospheric turn that seems to show a desired break in the album but this doesn’t continue through the song, turning it into a groovier track in an almost Heaven Shall Burn way. With ‘When the Light Begins to Fade’ we have more energy and more of the synth that gave a power to earlier songs. ‘Consumer Consumed’ fits the category but is out shined by its preceding track and its following track – ‘Prisoners of War’. ‘A Part of Solution’ just tops this already shining mix, managing a complex mix of building and varied vocals to a very catchy and energetic guitar riff – all the while the atmospheric synth pushes it forward. ‘The Nature of Mankind’ verges on cheesy but brings the album to an appropriate close.

For a band 10 years strong, we can really see both a maturity of metal and a relentless energy.  Where a lot of bands show moments of Synth and Symphony in a folk setting or even just glimpses as accompaniment, bands like Aphyxion are making it part of their sound whilst dominating it with energetic guitars. It may not be the next big in Death Metal but we’re definitely seeing a band that’s found their sound and can only push it further.

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