Micawber – Beyond the Reach of Flame (Review)

MicawberMicawber are a US death metal band and this is their third album.

This is modern death metal, full of punishing riffs, crushing grooves, sharp melodies, blasting drums, and belligerent growls.

As well as the death metal core of the band, we also get a touch of the technical, progressive, black, and sludge metal styles here and there too. This adds a measure of diversity to the album that’s a refreshing listen.

The songs are well-written and the aforementioned non-death metal aspects of the band’s sound are incorporated relatively subtly, without taking away from the overall heaviness or impact that the songs have. This is ultimately death metal, after all, just a version of it that’s been enhanced in certain areas.

This is the kind of extreme metal that takes ample inspiration from old-school death metal, but translates these influences into something modern and brutal, yet still with hooks and memorability. This approach to songwriting and style has worked well for Micawber, and I can easily see this album appealing to fans of both old- and new-school metal. Also, although this collection of songs is very much a death metal album, it has the opportunity to forge a wider metallic appeal too. The songwriting skills of the band, their focus on traditional song structures and catchiness, as well as a delivery that’s heavy and brutal, but not overly so, means that this would also easily appeal to fans of the heavier end of modern metal too, rather than being restricted to a purely death metal audience. Which, of course, can only be a good thing.

Highly recommended and enjoyable.

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