Exocrine
Molten Giant

Bordeaux France’s Exocrine waste no time in laying down some quite nutty technical death metal with their third full length release Molten Giant. “Scorched Human Society” opens with a slight intro into some incredibly clean scalar runs. These guys do an excellent job of breaking up the technical section with groove laden bridge section that builds back into a flurry of blast beats over harmonized guitar lines.  The track continues to build into some quite soundtrack soundscapeish melodies. This particular track reminds me a bit of Arkaik.  The second track “Hayato” has almost a Cynic or Beyond Creation vibe at times.  There is no shortage of tempo change going on here.

“Backdraft” is probably my favorite track. The opening reminds me a bit of some of the intros on the last Archspire.  Much like the first two tracks the tune goes into a flurry of blasts over quick melodies.  This particular tune just has a cool mix of a lot of different sounds.  I would love to see how they pull off all of these parts as there are plethora of layers.  The title track “Molten Giant” opens up with one of the toughest riffs on the album. Like if you mixed Ulcerate, Psycroptic and maybe some Murder Made God or older Decapitated in there. “Flamewalkers” sounds like it could have come off one of the first Soreption records. The riffing is extremely groove heavy and catchy on this track.

“Lavaburst” might be one of the quickest tunes on the record.  There is no shortage of chops on this album. The closing track “Shape of the New World” is a great way to finish up the record as it is literally a burst of intensity into dissonant parts to break things up a bit and then back into a finger flinging display of fretboard proficiency and variance. It also ends with a clean instrumental that builds into a legato tap section that sounds like something Beyond Creation would do with the distinct bass playing punctuation followed by a very tough triplet riff section that builds into one of the heaviest riffs on the album that lasts just a few sections. This is all over the place.  This is definitely worth check out if you are into all over the place technical death metal but also like it to have a melodic touch with groove. Recommended.

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Written by Nick K
August 22nd, 2018

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