AkhenatenGolden Serpent God

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✦✦✦✧ This death metal band from Colorado wear their Middle Eastern Egyptologist schtick on their sleeves in a big way. This seems far too obvious at first, too on the nose. But it grows on you fast: not only do Akhenaten show that there’s still unplumbed depths to the connection between Middle Eastern music modes and technical death metal, but there’s also something adorable about how committed they are to their sound. Also, some of these riffs are utter fucking monsters. I just wish this album had better production values; half the songs sound like they’re smothered under Turkish rugs.