This is only a short release; 2 songs in just under 5 minutes.
With such short tracks it’s a brutal and dense affair straight from the start.
The band make a good impression with their deep vocals and rhythmically pummelling brand of Death Metal, all backed up with some fretboard wizardry and blastbeats.
The second song Halos of Light surprises by having some interesting melodic riffing and some semi-cleans in amongst the blasting and brutality. It’s unexpected and shows that Apocrophex are willing to experiment with areas not typically of the Death Metal template. This is to be encouraged, of course.
For a first release the production is functional but could do with giving the band a bit more room to breathe next time. Only a small thing but something they could benefit from.
Other than that this is an all-to-brief hint at what this band is capable of. My interest is peaked. Bring on the full length.