Relentless Mutation

At the frontiers of metal, and probably beyond that, resides Archspire’s dizzying precision. Here compositions tend to proceed in convulsive strides — of synchronized riff–drums and robotic vocals, stepping from one atypical rhythm to another. Abruptly and frequently switching to varying palates — from “Sound of Perseverance” like scathing guitar harmonies, to math rock signatures. But everything stitched together into a seamless train, almost propelling at this dissonant pace and agility.

Drum patterns on the title track, with every single beat astonishingly audible and precise, pretty much illustrates this measured approach to compositions. Even though rooted in the ‘Effigy of the Forgotten’ like riffs, those dialed down hardcore-punk influences make the band more symphonic, in a classical music sense. So, quite akin to a brutal-math-metal orchestra, with novel and yet coherent influences, Archspire is well into that inimitable territory.

 

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