Praesepe – The 6th Extinction

Rating: 5/5
Distributor/Label: Damned Pages
Distributor/Label URL: http://damned-pages.eu/
Released: 2015
Buy Album: http://damned-pages.eu/
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/PRAESEPE/?fref=ts

Band Line up:

And – Guitars/Acousticsmoth
Premy Slav Kainath – Vocals/Bass
R.A.M. – Guitars
Svarth – Drums

Track Listing

1. Rzeki Niebiesko-Krwawe
2. Universe 25
3. Somwhere
4. Dźwięki absurdu
5. The Shining
6. Grawitacja
7. Rzeki Niebiesko-Krwawe (Reprise)

Review:

London based Polish progressive deathsters Praesepe have returned! Their new album, their fifth, is called “The 6th Extinction” and it is a phenomenon of power and subtlety.

The album opens with “Riezki Niebiesko-Krwawe”, and straight away the albums pleasing old school vibe engulfs you. The tight melodic riffing maelstrom is aumented by some delicate picked guitar. It is very affecting. Next up is “Universe 25”, which is another melodic but frothing headbanger. It also features a sublime picking part which falls somewhere in between Opeth and Dissection. The ethereal intro of “Somewhere” gives way to some superb riffing – pure sorrow entwined with rage, and putrid guitar harmonies.

“Dźwięki absurdu” features yet more excellent guitar harmonies and great intensity – akin to standing in the path of a hurricane. The band then perform their take on the iconic theme music to the film classic “The Shining”, and they certainly do it justice. After this dirge Praesepe wisely follow with the positively nuclear “Grawitacja”, and round off the album with “Rzeki Niebiesko-Krwawe (Reprise)”, a stripped down version of the album opener consisting of just the picked guitar part, bass, drums and a whispered vocal. It is very moving.

Praesepe are in inspired form with “The 6th Extinction”. They know how to write great, memorable riffs which have a stirring sense of melody but never sacrifice their power. They wear their influences on their sleeve without ever being derivative. Some of the melodies have a macabre, unsettling feel to them, and wouldn’t be out of place on a Black Metal record. The albums overall strength is it’s ability to balance the delicate and the feral. Seek out this album now!

Review by Owen Thompson
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