Serocs
And When the Sky Was Opened

Back in 2013, I was impressed by the second album, The Next, from Mexican guitarist Antonio Freyre and his gathering of International musicians including bassist Mike  Poggionne (Vile, Monstrosity, Lecherous Nocturne) , drummer Timo Häkkinen (Sotajumala) and Phil Tougas of Zealotry/Vengeful/Chthe’ilist on guitars delivering a dizzying chaotic, Canadian take on death metal that imbued Cryptopsy. With the only change being Josh Smith (Monumental Torment) replacing Josh Hohenstein on vocals,  little has changed the style from The Next.

The vocal shift is negligible, as it’s just another generic but competent deep growler/screamer, but the core and highlight of the music is the twisty, techy, stop start, tight as fuck death metal. The Canadian influence is once again strong as the 8 song 35 minute run time isn’t about specific riffs or moments, and it’s not the nicer , twangy, fretless Canadian tech ala Beyond Creation, but more a 500lb gorilla having a seizure on a bed of broken glass. It’s a cleaner Gorguts meets Whisper Supremacy, bricks in a washing machine sound that’s punishing  but smart.

Single tracks don’t jump out but the more varied 7 plus minute title track (and an actual solos) , slower staggering “When the Ground Swallows Us”, more controlled lurch of “Them” or more progressive hues of closer “For Nothing” out shine the album’s early onslaught of controlled chaos (“And So it Begins”, “Solitude”, “Itami”). The production is punchy, but not too dirty or too polished.

2015 was a strong year for death metal and Serocs was bound to get overlooked, especially amid Comatose’s more immediate, broodle, slammy offerings. But if you want to go back a check out one of 2015s better death metal releases, do your self a favor and check out Serocs.

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Written by Erik T
January 5th, 2016

Comments

  1. Commented by: Ace Barker

    Derivative. Nothing to see here. *zips pants back up and leaves*


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