On third album Xenocide Aversions Crown show that they can power through major line up changes without compromising their brand of brutality.
When Aussies Aversions Crown burst onto the deathcore scene in 2014 with their Andy Marsh (guitarist for Thy Art Is Murder) produced sophomore effort, Tyrant, they were a breath of fresh air in an often stale genre. Blending a triple guitar assault a la Whitechapel with ethereal ambience and alien themes that didn’t feel like Rings Of Saturn levels of ridiculousness, Aversions Crown looked to be making the most ground in Australia’s crowded metal scene. Yet since then the band have lost a guitarist, bassist and highly talented frontman Colin Jeffs and have been reduced to a four piece- but Xenocide doesn’t see the band stumble or falter in the slightest.
The band still plough through each song with a thunderous bluster of notes and drum rolls from human drum machine Jayden Mason that propels and excels the wall of noise that the band craft. The musicianship on display here is brilliant, and when combined with the ebbing and flowing atmospheric clean guitars there’s a great blend of dynamics and textures that feels suitably alien. This is further bolstered by new vocalist Mark Poida, who delivers a stellar performance full of gut-wrenching lows and scathing shrieks that sound brilliantly otherworldly- all the elements of the band’s sound perfectly depict a malicious alien race devouring the Earth and all in its wake.
However, where Xenocide unfortunately stumbles is in the album’s pacing. There’s catchy hooks and memorable songs to be found in the first half of the album, such as the soaring “Prismatic Abyss” or riff-fest of “The Soulless Acolyte”, but the latter part of the album suffers from a lack of simple but memorable hooks such as Tyrant‘s crowning jewel “Hollow Planet”. Perhaps cutting out the last few tracks and having a track that uses more ethereal guitar leads than hefty deathcore breakdowns would break up the relentless aggression on display. Perhaps the next step for the band now is to take the musicianship that they’ve worked hard on and channel it into writing unforgettable songs, whilst further developing the distinct sound that the band have made their own.
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