Review: Aversions Crown – Xenocide 7.9

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  • Aversions Crown
  • Xenocide
  • Tech Death/Deathcore
  • Australia
  • January 20, 2017
  • 7.9/10

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Aversions Crown pretty make takes the sci fi death metal concept started by Nocturnus and applies it to deathcore. It’s a great way to create an alternative to the norm which in the case of deathcore, is a shitload of generic releases. They stand out to me with the spacey elements mixing up what could have been a more typical sound. They’re kind of the Australian equivalent of Rings Of Saturn and one of the few Brisbane based bands to sign to a major label, having caught the attention of Nuclear Blast

The use of guitar tone is really effective at mimicking the vibe of synth at times. It’s a diverse pedal board with a fair bit of switch up and riffs that have the energy of progressive death metal. The drums too have a nice sound to them and are just as spastic as we’ve all come to expect of tech death. Very fast but also proficient. Sometimes it can feel like it’s just blast beats or fills but that has more to do with overall song structure within the genre than skill. 

This epic and intense album cover is by Ryohei Hase. I dig the scope of the image with the detailed background/horizon, really nice work to accompany the science fiction themes of Aversions Crown.

Some of the breakdowns are filthy, it feels like the music is chopping on a thick wooden bench. The vocals are often sent to the back of the mix as to not overpower the impact of the riffs. Clearly music knowledge is being applied here as well as inspiration from across genres in carefree way. None of the choices really detract from the sound. I especially like when more hardcore moments shine through with the quicker rhyming rhythms. There’s also some awesome melodeath sounding moments with really dramatic guitars.

The vocalist is often more noise than man, he adjusts to every tempo change well and keeps it as interesting as possible. Paying homage to many modern styles without overplaying them. It doesn’t sound super original but the tracks are pretty huge. Overall I enjoyed Xenocide a lot and I’d strongly recommend it to fans of RoS, Lorna Shore or Psycroptic and to a much lesser extend, Rivers Of Nihil.

The presentation is top notch and so is the production, worth digging up from 2017 in preparation for a new release rumored to be coming up in the near future.  

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