Molten Gi­ant UNIQUE LEADER Deathly French tech­ni­cians de­sign a bru­tal new fu­ture

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Reviews | Albums. Lives. Merch. - DOM LAW­SON

There are few things more sat­is­fy­ing than a well-ex­e­cuted tech­ni­cal death me­tal al­bum. Sonically pris­tine but spir­i­tu­ally teth­ered to old-school prin­ci­ples of songcraft and imag­i­na­tion, Ex­ocrine’s pre­cise as­sault marks them as one of their gen­er­a­tion’s most fas­ci­nat­ing bands. Hav­ing found the per­fect home at Unique Leader, the French­men’s sound hasn’t changed rad­i­cally from ear­lier al­bums, but Molten Gi­ant is their most re­fined and im­mer­sive ef­fort yet. For all their vir­tu­oso wizardry, songs like Hay­ato and

Back­draft are weirdly ac­ces­si­ble, as melody, tex­ture, dy­nam­ics and su­per­hu­man drum­ming col­lide, mu­tat­ing into some­thing close to fu­tur­is­tic death me­tal per­fec­tion – with a side or­der of math­core per­ver­sity. In and out in a won­der­fully suc­cinct 35 min­utes, it’s a solid les­son in the power of brevity. Even at their most ex­trav­a­gant, on epic closer

Shape Of New World, Ex­ocrine’s metic­u­lous ap­proach will leave you want­ing more. FOR FANS OF: THE FACE­LESS, INGESTED, ABYSMAL DAWN

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