The composers of current, intensely multifarious death metal are the Mozarts of modern music. “Too many notes”? “Balderdash!” say the pioneers and pushers of the ever-evolving tech-death envelope. Faster, more complex, and containing more layers than a Malaysian Sarawak cake, neoteric technical death is the “expert level” of today’s heavy metal genre.
And now, another stellar quartet hailing from Phoenix, Arizona have stepped up to the plate, hit select on “expert”, and are letting it fly. Singularity combine elements of classical music with space-age electronics and brutally progressive death metal to devastating effect on their sophomore full length release, Place of Chains (The Artisan Era) – and the metal world would do well to take notice of this emergent, powerful four-piece.
Featuring supersonic keyboard work that is just as prevalent as the alacritous guitars, bass, and drums, Place of Chains puts on a symphonic air, almost as if Bach or Beethoven decided to sit down, compose, and then jam out with Necrophagist or Decrepit Birth.
Every cut on Singularity’s Place of Chains is tight, fervid, and packed to the gills with superlative musical craftsmanship. Some of the finest offerings out of the nine tracks on Place of Chains include “Sisyphean Cycle”, the smashingly keen “Consume and Assume”, the lengthy and satisfying “Desmoterion”, and the hauntingly empyreal “Serpentes, Eternal”.
Place of Chains by Singularity is officially available as of October 11th, 2019, and you can listen to a stream of the entire album simply by pressing play below. Once you’ve done that, and if you like what you’ve read and heard, be sure to send the band some of your hard-earned for a copy of their latest work and share this new technical death metal sensation with your friends! \m/
Rating: 9.5 / 10
Release Date: October 11th, 2019 (The Artisan Era)
Influences and Contemporaries: Spawn of Possession, Necrophagist, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Obscura, Vale of Pnath, The Zenith Passage, Equipoise, Virvum