Psycroptic - _The Inherited Repression_
(Nuclear Blast, 2012)
by: Aly Hassab El Naby (7.5 out of 10)
A short skim of my bio on the staff page and some adventurous musings can give you the impression that I wouldn't hesitate much in making the Looney Tunes a bigger part of people's lives if given the authority to do so. So when you see me writing a review for a band from Tasmania, you can pretty much expect a reference to Taz. Let's get through the almost obligatory metaphor then, shall we? Hobart's Psycroptic have been shelling out the death metal equivalent of "what it would sound like if Taz actually went around devastating everything in his path at 3000 rpm" ever since their inception. With every record, one can find face ripping riffs executed with sniper-like precision that set the bar for tech-death higher and higher.

Based on previous experience with Psycroptic's music, I had a very good idea what was going to happen on _The Inherited Repression_. Joe Haley doesn't let up on his guitar and his brother David takes sibling rivalry (or co-operation) to another level on the drums. "Forward to Submission" proceeds with the intention of pummeling the listener into submission as Jason Peppiatt bursts a couple of veins on his forehead, while "The Throne of Kings" amps up the anger level all the way to maximum. One of the many impressive displays of technical ability is the incorporation of sporadic sixteenth note strokes on the double bass found on "Become the Cult". David Haley also makes very good use of his cymbal set on the album opener "Carriers of the Plague" and "Unmasking the Traitors". Joe's typical riffing style is exemplified on "From Scribe to Ashes" and "Euphorinasia", to name a couple of examples, and his affinity for sharp and tense transitions shows more on this couple of slammers than on other tracks.

_The Inherited Repression_ barely lasts a minute above the forty minute mark while 2008's _Ob(servant)_ clocked in at forty-nine. It's as if each track is a whole minute shorter but that only made _The Inherited Repression_ more sharp, focused and powerful. _Ob(servant)_ was one of my favorites from 2008 and is, in my humble point of view, Psycroptic's crowning achievement. Having said that, _The Inherited Repression_ does come very close and it presents all we've come to expect from Tasmania's heaviest outfit. Give this one a go, you'll definitely enjoy it if you're a fan of their earlier work or death metal in general.


(article published 2/4/2012)

10/24/2008 J Smit 9 Psycroptic - Ob(Servant)
2/17/2006 A Marouchos 8 Psycroptic - Symbols of Failure
5/25/2004 B Meloon 10 Psycroptic - The Scepter of the Ancients
5/13/2001 A Bromley 8.5 Psycroptic - The Isle of Disenchantment
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