The Zenith PassageDatalysium

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✦✦✦✧ This absolutely shreds, which one would expect, being that this band is, what, 75% The Faceless by now? Tech death bona fides aside, this music finds itself at times in the unfortunate uncanny valley between Unpredictable Metal Mayhem… and Just Goofy. This is territory best ceded permanently to Protest The Hero. Still, big props for the insane swings these boys make. If I have one shot to try to convince you, just listen to “Synaptic Depravation.”

Two other things to note: the second half of this album is stronger than the first, and I’ve never heard a metal band without a dedicated keyboardist who treat synths as reverentially and inventively as they guys do here.

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