The 2015 Arsies: February 5, 2015

February 5, 2015 arse

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The Round Of 16 is upon us. What an emotional day! Remember how I said last week that sometimes matchups come earlier than their status would otherwise dictate? Here's another one of those situations.
Soreption won the cointoss, and so we start with Engineering The Void, a truly fun and excellent album of technical death metal. If it has a flaw at all, it's that the band's penchant for changing tempos and time signatures can come across as gimmicky. For instance, Breaking The Great Narcissist has something like 10 timing changes in it. I love time changes as much as the next guy, but in this case, they do feel a bit haphazard, and they tend to give the rest of the music a "cut from the same cloth" vibe. On the other end of the spectrum, there's Triptykon's Melana Chasmata. As I've noted before, the album has a couple of missteps, but overall it scores more points for gravitas and emotional ambition than the Soreption. It's a tough call, but despite my proggier inclinations at times, I think Tom G. Warrior, Simone Vollenweider, and the rest of Triptykon do a better job of establishing a mood and keeping the listener right there with them. Also, it's not for nothing that Melana Chasmata sounds about as long as Engineering The Void is, even if the latter is half as long as the former. Cheers, Triptykon!
Tonight, Inter Arma have the nerve to step to Cannibal Corpse. This gon be good.

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