Apophys – Prime Incursion [2.5]


I don’t intend to write about the back story of this album. It’s for another time when I want to write about the band and what the idea was about their music. This is an album-listening. The impressions of it.
Michiel van der Plicht‘s drum technique is the first thing that hits me. This guy is fast, and with a dynamic change of beats he has total control of it. Even if Kevin Quilligan‘s voice is a streight and clear growl fitting modern death metal, it’s a bit of monotonous. The phrasing follows the same path in many of the tracks making this album lacking atmosphere. The sound production is very modern and clinical but focused on the growl and drums, making the other instruments less visible in the context. The brutality of Prime Incursion is much relevant for the genre, and Apophys do an exellent perfomance of expressing it, but it brings nothing new to the table. And wait a minute..Hardcore in the The Final Step? More fun than suitable.

Release: 03.04.2015
Metal Blade

/Viktoria Colonna

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