Psycroptic - _The Isle of Disenchantment_
by: Adrian Bromley (
It is hard nowadays to really find death metal music with an edge to it. Sure there are numerous acts out there (thousands, in fact) that play death metal with passion and honesty, but few manage to bring a distinct element to what they do. Just think of the numerous bands you have heard throughout the years that sounded like Cannibal Corpse, Incantation or Suffocation. Too many to count on two hands, eh? But every once in a while a band will pop up out of nowhere (or in this band's case near the edge of the world) and just dazzle you with their talent and musicianship. With a definite tight sound and a real knack for raw 'n' dark death metal comes Psycroptic, a punishing band that rallies a stunning display of death metal dexterity all over this nine-song debut disc. Singer Matthew Chalk delivers a vicious vocal assault, especially on such tracks as "Condemned by Discontent" (my fave track), the title track and the cleverly chaotic "Beneath the Ground We Dwell". Not only is this band playing death metal with passion but also they are making a strong effort to show variety and not be afraid to move their style from point A to B with a few new twists. This is not complex and varied like Gorguts (who is?), but _TIoD_ pumps a real adrenaline rush into your veins with each listen.
Contact: 70 Lochner St., West Hobart, 7000 Tasmania, Australia
(article published 5/13/2001)
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