A horrible hack

Orbweaver

Transmissions From The Neuralnomicon

Year Released: 2014
Format: Download
Label: Corpse Flower - Primitive Violence
 
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Dec 5, 2014
Here's a funny thing. An awkward, splintered, mathy metal release that somehow makes me think of a return to the late 90s / early 00s and THE FUTURE at the same time. I'm thinking of that funny period where the whole Hydra Head 'thing' blew the doors off a bit; when you had lunkish bands on bigger labels devaluing the currency while vague, oft-missed opportunities were also given to more obtuse types like Thoughts Of Ionesco, American Heritage and Janmichaelvincentcarcrash to indulge their Voivod / Dazzling Killmen / free jazz fancies. Maybe it's by virtue of my referencing Voivod that I also think of THE FUTURE, but that's just the way it will have to be. Anyway, with Orbweaver the vocals roar, the tempos change, the riffs get right up underneath your fingernails and I get to thinking about Gorguts quite a bit. Oftentimes I find it too fragmented and bitty, but when they nail it (as on the wondrously squelchy, demented, whammy-bar mangled 'The Church Warden Procedure') they do it pretty damn well.


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