Architectural Genocide – Cordyceptic Anthropomorph (Review)

Architectural Genocide - Cordyceptic AnthropomorphArchitectural Genocide are a death metal band from the US and this is their debut album.

Featuring an ex-member of Desecrate the Faith, Cordyceptic Anthropomorph contains 40 minutes of brutal death metal. Don all of your armour for this one, as it might crush you flat.

Boasting a good mix of blast and groove, this is music that’s easy to absorb if you’re a fan of this sort of extremity. Colossal chugs, slamming grooves, building-demolishing blast beats, and throat-cutting riffs are all peppered around the album like landmines, ready to explode in your face at any given moment. The band clearly have technical skill too; this is a part of their sound, but not overly so.

Architectural Genocide are surprisingly catchy in places, remembering that brutal death metal ultimately needs songs to make a lasting impression, rather than simple brutality for the sake of it. This adherence to classic death metal songwriting is one of the things that makes Cordyceptic Anthropomorph so easy to listen to over and over again; Architectural Genocide seem to understand what makes a good death metal song, and then simply make it as brutally destructive as they possibly can.

I feel special note must go to the vocals, as the singer has a better delivery than you sometimes find in this genre. Not only does he have a good voice for the style, with even a bit of variety spread about here and there, but he seems to have paid attention to the need for vocal patterns and rhythms. Combine this with the above-standard music and songwriting, and you have an album that is thoroughly enjoyable.

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