Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, there’s a lot more to tech-metal than just re­hashed Meshug­gah and Dillinger Es­cape Plan riffs. as we see here. re­mem­ber a band called Far, the leg­endary alt.rock­ers from Sacra­mento, the same city that spawned Deftones? or per­haps Dredg – one of the names that rose to promi­nence dur­ing nu-metal’s glory years? Well, mem­bers of both out­fits have joined forces in

BLACK MAP, and sec­ond al­bum IN DROVES (KKKK) re­vis­its some of the alt. rock bril­liance you’d be hop­ing for, along

with a nice dol­lop of tech-y crunch.

When it comes to blud­geon­ing death­core, mean­while, FIT FOR AN

AU­TOPSY have a bit of a head­start in su­per producer/guitarist Will Put­ney, who’s twid­dled knobs for the amity af­flic­tion and Miss May I.their fourth ful­l­length THE GREAT COL­LAPSE (KKKK) is dis­gust­ingly heavy, bounc­ing be­tween ra­zor-sharp tech-death pre­ci­sion, to the mad pulses Go­jira have melted minds with.

Fi­nally, Dutch metallers THE ROYAL have also been busy putting their own spin on tech, with sec­ond al­bum SEVEN (KKK) kick­ing the mid-tempo stomp of Gothen­burg’s finest melodeath bands into wall­shat­ter­ing beat­downs. It’s only down­fall is that the glassy postrock am­bi­ences are so good, you al­most won­der what this record would have sounded like with a bit more breath­ing space.

all in all, though, these three win by tech­ni­cal knock­out.

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