Sensory Amusia – Bereavement

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label URL: Lacerated Enemy Records
Released: 2020
Buy Album [URL]: Buy here on Bandcamp
Band Website: https://laceratedenemy.bigcartel.com/ 

Band line-up:

Shaun Maloney – Guitars
Joel Parkyn – Bass
Jei Doublerice – Vocals

Tracklisting:

1 Intro
2 Death [feat. Cain Cressell of The Amenta]
3 Beast [feat. Jared Bridgeman of Earth Rot]
4 Pain
5 Absolute

Review:

SENSORY AMUSIA represents the vanguard of heavy music for the modern era. The style is one of supreme chaotic death metal with elements of hardcore and grind. Razor guitar riffs, insane blast beats, and violent vocals unleash an onslaught of misery and devastation. With influences from BenightedAborted, and Dying FetusSENSORY AMUSIA‘s complex and grooving death jams is just the tip of the iceberg for this 3-piece monstrosity.

Monstrosity is an accurate word to describe this band and the upcoming album. From start to finish, Bereavement will easily satisfy the fans of the death metal genre as you can expect tremolo-picked guitar riffs, super-fast drum patterns, and deep, growling, and aggressive vocal techniques.

In the appropriately named first track Intro, the scene for the album is set with rainfall sounds, supplemented by a slow droning guitar riff. This doesn’t last long as it is met with a fast drum pattern with fast double-kick action, throwing the listener straight in, and knowing what to expect for the rest of the album.

I found the two songs, Death and Pain, hard to concentrate on as it felt like everything was disjointed from the complex guitar riffs, which sounded like notes were being missed deliberately, to the fast and crazy drum patterns whilst the growling vocals of Shaun Maloney kept me gripped to it. Despite this, everything felt like it was tightly joined and every song sounded great.

During the final song of the album entitled Absolute, there is a deviation from the common death metal sections as a softer and calmer approach is taken towards more of a stoner/doom metal vibe. This doesn’t last very long as you are thrown back into the foray of Sensory Amusia’s style and straight back to Death Metal.

Although I don’t listen to the death metal genre much, the latest edition to Sensory Amusia’s discography is enough for me to explore further and listen to the aforementioned influences of this album. If you were looking for a calmer album from them, but this is not the album to explore.

Review by Rossy Maguire
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