Hey, hey, hey! Look who’s back on the scene! This is a little bit of a local shout out for me since these guys hail from my hometown, Austin, TX. The last we had a proper release from our local instrumental metal heroes was back in 2012. So, this latest platter has had plenty of time to gestate.
It’s apparent from the get-go that all that time away from the studio has led to quite a bit of growth in the band’s ability and sound. Things are a little tighter. The songs feel like they have a bit more urgency and pop than on the previous album. This is just a flat out crunchy feast of guitar riffs. That’s really about it. These guys have mastered the art of shred without becoming overbearing or having things devolve into a musical wankfest. Everything serves the song. Feast on these meaty riffs, my friends.
3.5 flip flops out of 5