Since 2012 “Fearmonger” is the first album from the Canadian tech-death bastion Beneath the Massacre and all in all their fourth. 8 years is a long time. Can the co-creators of technical death metal from the early 2000s keep up with the abundance of tech-death/technical deathcore bands? In the last years these two genres have seen a huge boom and meanwhile there are a lot of them who surely know what they are doing, for example Infant Annihilator, Allagaeon, Morbid Prototype or Shadow of Intent. By the way the formerly drummer of Shadow of Intent and Allagaeon, Anthony Barone, is now blasting for Beneath the Massacre.
After listening to the first song “Rise of the Fearmonger” it is obvious that they haven’t lost any of their steam. There is the same passion that put them on the map twenty years ago. The ten songs contain everything you expect from a Beneath the Massacre record. Face-melting guitar sweeps are embedded in a guitar playing that can cause tendinitis, all underlined with precise gravity-blasts. The growls roar beastly to mark the territory. Elliot Desgagnes shows with deadly precision that he isn’t a young punk in the scene.
There is nothing to complain about this album. This is absolutely high standard technical death metal. An absolutely triumph return from the veterans and for the veteran fans of the genre. A gateway drug for new ears if you will.
Release date: February 28th, 2020
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