There are many sights (well sounds) to behold in listening to Terminal, the three track EP from Buffalo, NY five-piece Amputecht. A mix of genres ranging from metalcore to progressive metal and everything in between splash about the 13 minute EP that give Amputecht a unique sound capitalized by their sense of diversity. With only a single EP released, Amputecht gives the impression of being a young band, and only having been a band for two and a half years, this impression isn’t wrong, but don’t let that deter you, there is nothing young about their execution.
On their first and longest track: “R.E.M.”, Amputecht’s lead singer David Dickinson comes out of the gates first displaying his ability to execute high quality clean vocals and follows it up by dishing out a set of equally impressive screams, displaying his range only within the first thirty seconds of music as the rest of the band blazes behind him at a correspondingly impressive rate. The first thing I notice about the band as a whole is they have a killer sense of cohesion when it comes to changing tempo and synchronizing the curves of their sound. At roughly the halfway point of the five minute song, we see Amputecht’s first real genre transition: as the bridge starts up the band switches to a softer, more progressive sound that suddenly changes again to heavy blast beats and only to instantaneously revert back to their progressive sound, where Dickinson continues to croon over a few melodic riffs, courtesy of guitarist Joe Brzozowiec before the eventual end of the song.
Their second track: “What’s Seen Through the Eyes of the Dead”, starts with what I perceive as an Eastern Indian-like intro over an electronic beat before drummer Joe Musial comes in with a small solo before the band picks up right where they left off in “R.E.M.”, except with considerably more metalcore influence in this song. Dickinson continues to shine as he has through the previous eight minutes, as his clean vocals are a big reason of why this EP has such a promising, individual, and progressive sound.
In the final song: “They May Have Given the Orders, But What Was the Clause for the Killing”, we see a similar formula as before, a considerable length introduction that culminates in Dickinson as well as the respected guitarists bursting through the gate with a heavy sequence of sound that continues through a few guitar solos and a consistent breakdown. The end of this song features one of my favorite sections of the EP with some smooth guitar picking turned flowing riffs over the signature cleans, a proper sendoff to this release.
In listening to Terminal, there is a load of potential sitting within the 13-minute span, potential I have no doubt will be topped in their upcoming full length release, whenever that will be released.
Pick up Terminal for free on their bandcamp: http://amputecht.bandcamp.com/