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Archspire – Relentless Mutation Album Review

Written by Frank Rini

I am new to the Archspire camp, but thanks to metal in arms brother, Erik Thomas, I am now a believer.  I love a lot of the Canadian brutal bands and if you’re a fan of let’s say Beneath the Massacreor First Fragment you will love Archspire.  Archspire’s debut All Shall Align has been out of print and they are set to reissue it in 2018.  Their 2014 follow-up The Lucid Collective really garnered the band some much needed attention.  Relentless Mutation is a monster tech-death metal album, played with much emotion and the songs are extremely catchy.  I really love the bouncy, jazzy death parts.  Involuntary Doppelganger gets things started quickly in this brief 7 song 31 minute album.  Right off the jump, a killer guitar riff and then right into a brutal blast and it’s great to hear the extraordinary melodies, pinch harmonics and the bass guitar slapping all over the place.  Many signature time changes and Mr. Peters has a really fast way of singing.  How he keeps pace with all the riffs is beyond me.  He is gruff, brutal, guttural at times, but still enunciates his words.  He lets out some pretty kick ass growls as well.

The title track begins calmly and the bass guitar sound is so awesome.  The 2.20 part is another atmospheric moody part with some neat jazzy Cynic inspired moments which opens up and breathes life into the song and it’s so excellent, before going into the blasting moments.  Nice chorus brutal part at the 3.30 part with some killer gutturals which had Despised Icon all over this part with the influence.  The song ends the way it pretty much opened up.  The end song A Dark Horizontal at over 6 minutes is the longest song here and it starts off brutal and then goes into some atmospheric moments.  Signature time changes are all over the place.  Guitar sweeps, solos, blasting, massive double bass in certain sections, and killer riffing.  Of course the bass guitar moments shine through beautifully and Peters has a strong set of pipes on him.  Growling, grunting and berating us with some of his angry deep vocals.  I really do appreciate how strong his vocals are. 

The production is excellent.  A bit clinical, at times, and that is due to this particular style of death metal, which sometimes pigeon holes itself, because you kind of need this type of production for this style of death metal.  Everything is clear sounding and the booklet is nicely slapped together with a rather cool and disgusting album cover at the same time.  Archspire have a healthy career in front of them and Relentless Mutation is an excellent album. 

9/10

Archspire – Relentless Mutation Album Info

Track Listing:

1. Involuntary Doppelganger
2. Human Murmuration
3. Remote Tumour Seeker
4. Relentless Mutation
5. The Mimic Well
6. Calamus Will Animate
7. A Dark Horizontal

Label: Season of Mist

Release Date: 9/22/17

For fans of: Brutal Tech-Death Metal

About the author

Frank Rini

Frank is better known as singing on the first two Internal Bleeding albums ‘Voracious Contempt’ and ‘The Extinction of Benevolence’. He loves Death Metal, Thrash and Grindcore and really wants to spread Extreme Music to as many people as possible.