May well be a transitional piece

I’ve not been much of a fan of this band in the past. Their lyrical concept has been interesting enough, but musically their apparent focus on extremity and technicality for its own sake has left me cold.

With this album, Aversions Crown comes into their own. While the music is still dominated by enormous, crushing breakdowns, the band has developed their songwriting and evolved an ear for subtlety. Continuing on from Tyrant, the synths provide a dark atmospheric undercurrent for the band’s jackhammer technical deathcore onslaught, into which they have now brought some nuances that add a level of diversity to their sound, touches of ambience and changes of pace. Most impressive of all however is the vocal dexterity of Mark Poida, whose performance injects a fearsome new element as he unleashes bowel-shaking growls and throat-ripping shrieks far more effectively than the one-dimensional croak of his predecessor. Jayden Mason’s drum holocaust is breathtaking and the guitar team pepper the slamming with catchy riffs, again providing some spice that previous recordings sorely lacked.

Even though the signal-to-noise ratio on Xenocide is still out of balance, Aversions Crown have greatly matured. At the moment they are still doing just enough to rise above deathcore’s indistinguishable murk, but Xenocide may well be a transitional piece, the one that marks the band’s future transformation into something truly remarkable.

  1. Void
  2. Prismatic Abyss
  3. The Soulless Acolyte
  4. Hybridization
  5. Erebus
  6. Ophiophagy
  7. The Oracles of Existence
  8. Cynical Entity
  9. Stillborn Existence
  10. Cycles of Haruspex
  11. Misery
  12. Odium