Awak­en­ing In­cep­tion

From the first lis­ten of Awak­en­ing In­cep­tion, the im­pres­sive de­but al­bum from Cam­bridge, ON’s Æpoch, it’s clear they have a lot to of­fer. It fol­lows their 2015 EP, Æpocha­lypse, and show­cases their pen­chant for pro­gres­sive tech­ni­cal­ity and bru­tal heav­i­ness while high­light­ing sweep­ing melodies and thought­ful com­po­si­tion. “Time : Per­spec­tive / Ouroboros Re­born” fea­tures a bar­rage of speedy old-school death metal-style riffs and pum­melling drums, which sets the bar quite high for un­re­lent­ing force­ful­ness. “Delir­ium of Ne­ga­tion” con­tin­ues with the same kind of fe­ro­cious vibe, yet the in­tri­cacy of the

Chuck Schuldiner-in­spired gui­tar leads, as well as the fret­less bass work pro­vide a new view of Æpoch’s skill. The band’s mu­si­cian­ship is on point through­out, es­pe­cially on “Tab­ula Rasa” and the ti­tle track, which fea­ture unique struc­tures and tripped-out, proggy tones. While the al­bum puts a fo­cus on Æpoch’s song­writ­ing prow­ess, tracks like “Burn Them at the Stakes” and “Seren­ity of Non-Ex­is­tence” also fea­ture mo­ments of straight­for­ward clob­ber­ing ag­gres­sion. (ae­pochmetal.band­camp.com)

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