Technical death metal outfit Æpoch is back with their sophomore album, Awakening Inception. Hailing from Ontario, Canada, Æpoch takes a spacey exploration into technical death metal, thrash metal, and progressive metal. Let’s take a close look at some of the ways they have incorporated these influential genres into their new album!
Opening the album is a track titled “Time Perspective (Ouroborus Reborn).” It immediately hits you with a wave of nostalgia reminiscent of the old school death metal days of bands like Deicide and Morbid Angel. However, cascading syncopated riffs also remind the listener of the heavy influence of modern technical death metal in this band’s sound. In the midst of the pounding riffs that the band has to offer, guitarist Sanjay Kumar (from technical death metal bands such as Equipose, Wormhole, and Perihelion) offers a solo that adds a nice touch of melodic flavor to the heavy nature of the song full of low end riffs and rhythms.
Following this is my personal favorite: “Delirium of Negation.” This track takes a completely different approach from those discussed earlier, as the band takes a break from the face melting riffs and changes to a rather melancholy and melodic approach to songwriting. It shines as the most diverse track on the album, as it takes melodic riffs and fretless bass in the likes of Obscura, as well as looking back at old school guitar stylized solos from the early emergence of thrash metal. The track features TWO bass solos(!), each adding very nice compliments to the melancholic chord progressions accompanying it by the guitars.
Moving on, the track “Karmasphyxiation” completely immerses the listener in technical death metal right off the bat. The drums blast off in parallel to the driving force of the riffs of the guitars, also offering powerful melodies to add some beauty to their destructive style. This is one of those tracks that the audience waits for in a live show to really get down and run to the mosh pit. Despite the ending of the track confusing me a bit with a sound sample that is unrecognizable (to me), it remains as one of my favorite tracks on the album, surprising me with the high capabilities of the songwriters in the band.
This album shows respect for many genres of metal, as each track is identifiable in some way – whether it is clear that a certain band influenced them, or an entire genre. Although relatively obscure, Æpoch is a hidden gem in the very heavily populated area of the genre of technical death metal… for now. Best of luck to Æpoch for their upcoming album Awakening Inception! A very nice listen and a job well done by Æpoch.
Notable Tracks: “Time Perspective (Ouroborus Reborn)”; “Delirium of Negation”; “Karmasphyxiation”
FFO: Obscura, Virvum, Deicide