After a short keyboard/sample intro called 'Introspect' the album blasts away with 'Clarity'. The first thing that you notice is that this band doesn't mindlessly bludgeon away, but sound very tight and focussed with quite some feeling for melody. While I am familiar with their former album, which sounded way more chaotic to me this sounds tighter and undone of all unnecessary frivolities.
This isn't just American sounding deathmetal. A lot of European sounds (almost later Gardenian-esque) are also thrown in the mix which creates quite a diverse sound. Not per se the oh so popular Swedish sound (Gardenian also surpassed that label with ease) in the vein of At The Gates but a more modern progressive sound with great melodic solos and some nice clean and electronic interludes to spice things up a little.
All in all this is a fine record, full of brutal technical death and full of more sophisticated parts all thrown in a big blender creating quite an unique mix. It's not an 'awesome' album, I miss some really memorable parts that stick in the back of my head, but this is certainly a very good, technically proficient and even at times catchy, focussed record.
Released on Monday Dec 5th, 2005
Writer @Ce-El-Wan on Tuesday Jan 10th, 2006
2. Clarity (3:30)
3. Thought Adjuster (5:16)
4. Shatter The Wisdom (4:28)
5. Monitoring The Mind (3:43)
6. A Curative Struggle (3:42)
7. Chamber Of Gaurdians (4:26)
8. Caricature (1:40)
9. Axioms (1:52)
10. The Apex (5:59)