Nice goat. Goats are fantastic. I’m not really sure where the “goats represent evil/the devil” comes from, but it’s kind of dumb. Goats are OK in my book.

Anyway, Alluvial is back with album number two (heh, heh…number two). First time around, this was a project of a couple of shredders named Wes Hauch (Black Crown Initiate) and Keith Merrow (Conquering Dystopia). Their first album was an instrumental album and it ended up making my Best of List back in 2017. Both of these guys are technical monsters, but are also very creative songwriters. The result was a nice mix of technical and experimental awesomeness.

On this latest album, Merrow has departed the fold and it is a Hauch led enterprises at this point. Hauch brought in a vocalist for Alluvial this time around and, as a result, the album has a much different feel than the debut. It is still the same sort of guitar work and sound, but the addition of vocals seems to have streamlined the songs into more straight-ahead death metal than the debut. I like a lot of the guitar work on here and I really feel like Hauch is an original voice in the modern guitar playing world. He really does have a distinctive style. However, it does feel like a bit of the adventurousness found on the debut has been dialed back a bit on this new one. The resulting product feels a bit more in line with a typical technical death metal album. It’s solid, but not great.

3.5 flip flops out of 5

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