Basilysk – Emergence

Rating: 4.5/5
Distributor/label: Self-Released
Released: February 2019
Buy Album: https://basilysk.bandcamp.com/album/emergence
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/basikyskofficial/

Band line-up:

Josh Perrin – vocals, lead guitar, album cover
Luke Gary – guitar and backing vocals
Michael Lee Churry – drums
Jimmy Viola – bass

 

Tracklisting:

Emergence 1:38
1. Molestor Of Dreams 4:56
2. Sinners Of Their Own Reality 7:04
3. Sad State Of The Arts 5:42
4. Eyes 2:03
5. Fire (In The Temple Of Sacrifice) 6:15
6. Prebirth – Karma – Afterlife 15:37
7. DEAD SPACE_ 1:16
16. Clouds 5:55

 

Review

These guys know how to rock and they know how to rock hard. Especially with a death metal anthem spanning nearly sixteen minutes. This band is completely insane and I’m here for it but you need to buckle in for one of the wildest rides of your life.

When I was given this album I was confused because as you can see above tracks 8-15 are missing. This is because track 16 is the “hidden track” on the album. You can only imagine my confusion when I was expecting to hear a song on DEAD SPACE and yet nothing played. Regardless of Clouds, Prebirth – Karma – Afterlife would have been a decent place to have ended the album as it is the longest track. With twisting-solos and riffs to die for it really could have ended there. But, like any good band that knows you want more, Basilysk is more than happy to provide that with Clouds. With an intense building intro that lasts more than two minutes, we meet a breakdown that would put many modern bands to shame before going into another solo worthy of high praise.

The band describe themselves for people who are fans of Morbid Angel, Death, Dissection and Outer Heaven. Whilst I don’t listen to these bands respectfully I understand the type of sub-genre these bands fit into.

With the heavy death metal bordering on thrash and black metal this band know what works for them and what doesn’t and this album is nothing short of excellent. If you have a good hour or so to spare I really do recommend just picking this one up and fully going for it. You’ll find plenty of decent headbangers in there.

Review by Courtney Solloway
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