ARCHSPIRE – The Lucid Collective (Season of Mist)

The technical of technical. The brutal of brutal!

Archspire is an entity that was born in Vancouver and dude these boys are sure the most over the top technical thing after Cryptopsy.

You know, as of late I’m totally into sounds like Cytotoxin, Deeds of Flesh, Aborted and the likes, but this band killed everything I’ve heard before and worst of all: this CD is pure addiction, one wants to hear it like one thousand times to be sure about all destruction and all the jive.

The album opens with Lucid Collective Somnambulation which leaves listeners confused as fuck, I showed it to some of my friends they were like: how the fuck do these guys play so skillfully? The sound has like one thousand tempos and changes of phrases… I mean my perception of “phrase” is when the phrase per se repeats itself and rarely they repeat something in this CD. It’s like a free jazz band in light velocity. ACE!

Scream Feeding and Plague of AM follow suit always with the drums changing in the fastest velocity and riffs are purely insane with no time to breath or think… The vocals follow the same sample, always changing and seldom put in on a chorus or some words repeated. Just perfect to the bone.

But the best song of The Lucid Collective is Fathom Infinite Depth. If Frank Zappa was a Brutal Death Metal fan he would be so proud of these boys!!!! Every single part, being a beat on the snare or a UHHHH, counts as a phrase, it’s like the most confused puzzle ever, but it’s very well produced, so even if you’re somewhat lost, the songs sounds appealing to ears avid for brutal music. It can’t be counted how many parts this song is dismembered to, but that’s the point: try to guess the next movement by hearing it consecutive times.

The penultimate track Kairos Chamber is quieter, as to say… A melodic lead guitar makes the music smoother but don’t be fooled by it. Soon the last track Spontaneous Generation returns everything to chaos and destruction.

The Lucid Collective is something totally new in the history of music. Achespire do join complexity inside their demented music: the result is something unpredictable. This is an impeccable album that is going to be reminded in my list of best of 2014. Good job boys!

The Lucid Collective is out now on Season of Mist.

(Daniel Death)

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