PSYGNOSIS

"Human Be[ing]" (Self-produced; 2014)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Psygnosis are death metal and experimental electronic progressive metal, respectively. Their sound is intense when they lay the hammer down and, in between the metal growls, you'll get some electronic fuzz blended with creepy acoustics. It's definitely a listening experience. The disc is only seven tracks but with progressive music you can push those borders beyond and have an eleven or fourteen minute track. Psygnosis takes full advantage of that fact and creates a rabbit hole type track with each listing on "Human Be[ing]."

These guys hail from Burgandy, France and this is their fourth disc. Since I'm starting with their newest beast I'll begin fresh: The whole design behind "Human Be[ing]" is the elaborate merging of death metal and electronic metal. The guitar sounds progressive when that element is presented and the ebb and flow comes in heavier than when it goes out. The songs have a building structure to them; you might start with acoustics, spoken word or just some devil beast guitar. Either way you're going to get your hair standing on end or have it blown back.

The death metal growls come from deep in the pit. The vocals, when clean, have a great sound. The disc plays like one big track; nothing stands above, it just flows from one creepy mysterious offering to the next. It's very atmospheric so if you dig an auditory enlightenment then head on over to their Bandcamp page and stream this mix of maliciousness.

For more information about the band, check out http://psygnosis.bandcamp.com/ and http://www.psygnosis-music.com/. .

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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