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PSYCROPTIC - SYMBOLS OF FAILURE - NEUROTIC  
Fans of techno death, here is your band. As far technical death metal goes Australia’s Psycroptic almost has it all. The band is fleet footed and is awash in rhythm and tempo changes. The music on Symbols Of Failure, the band’s third, sweeps from one technical churn into another disharmonic note almost non-stop. The speed can get frantic, although the band has quite a bit of slower moments as well. New singer Peppiatt has an impressive growl, which is supported by clever production and layering. The modulated vocals on the album’s closing track, Cleansing A Misguided Path, are inane though. The band’s shortcoming though is a complete absence of leads guitars. The Aussies have, for whatever reason, decided against incorporating solos much to the disappointment of this reviewer. Still, fans of Death and Hate Eternal may find this intensity to their liking. - Anna Tergel

PSYCROPTIC - OB(SERVANT) - NUCLEAR BLAST  
How this Neurotic Unique Leader types ended up on Nukie Blast is beyond me, mate, but the occasion is both to be celebrated and scoffed at. First, the band’s brand of bottom-heavy speed/death is a welcome new signing for a label that has erred on the side of selling ability one too many times recently. Psycroptic is technical, fast and heavy and hardly aware that it is competing on the shelves with Hammerfall or Soilwork. On the other hand, the Aussies bring or introduce next to nothing new to the listener content to press the metal pedal bereft of lead guitars to the end. The voice of Jason Peppiatt is dry and hardcore sounding which might actually complement the idea that lacking solos is fine. Most consistent song here has to be number nine Initiate, which is a good representative of the band with its tight, fast, double-bass drumming mania. It is just that the song is hardly memorable or begging for later replay. Cheesy album title, but cool logo and cover artwork further balance things out. - Ali “The Metallian”




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