Devius - _Orphion_
(Independent, 2011)
by: Aly Hassab El Naby (6.5 out of 10)
The Argentine tech-death quartet Devius are back with yet another EP, this one entitled _Orphion_, two years after their 2009 debut EP _Infinity Echoes_. It is another condensed experience into an obscure amalgamation of technical death metal with mid-tempos, a touch of Suffocation and a tip of the hat to the late great Chuck Schuldiner (I knew I'd mention him again). The riffs are pretty shrewd and the drumming is on a level of ability that certainly deserves one's attention. The record's production quality certainly makes the guitars show their teeth and allows the bass to pulsate with continuous tenacity.

The vocals don't drift much from pig squeals throughout the twenty-seven minute duration of _Orphion_, which could get on the nerves of those who don't have the pathology for them squeals. But if your selective hearing abilities are anything like mine, or even better, you'll find your neck swaying back and forth to the pummeling riffs of "Utnaphistim" and its hint of technicality à la Meshuggah in the last minute. The transitional track "Ophiogenesis" is played entirely on a sitar that seeps into the dynamic and most impressive track "Astrophobos", while "To Remain Human" rounds off the EP with some vocoder style vocals and an engaging guitar solo.

To be honest I was expecting a full-length album from Devius, not another EP. Had _Orphion_ been fifteen or twenty minutes longer, I would have given it a higher score than a 6.5. In addition, the release of another EP makes me start to wonder about the band's ability to put together a piece of music that lasts more than half an hour. Of course there can be other external factors that would affect the recording process that any band has to go through. Having said that, I also should point out that _Orphion_ is not a musical disappointment by any stretch, and its production quality is better than its predecessor, which is a sign of improvement. I think now they're ready to put out a proper full-length album.


(article published 8/12/2011)

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