Aversions Crown – Servitude
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Like them or not, Parkway Drive and I Killed The Prom Queen have really kicked the Australian metal and hardcore scene into gear in a big way over the last five years or so ? with a new wave of heavy bands having exploded, with acts like Thy Art Is Murder, The Red Shore (RIP), Signal The Firing Squad and State of East London offering up both ultra heavy and all round fantastic songs and albums.
The new hottest prospect out of the Australian metal scene is Brisbane technical death metal/deathcore act Aversions Crown. After spending a year or so in the wilderness after the release their eponymous EP, the band have returned and self-released their debut album ?Servitude?, and to sum it up in a few words, it?s the aural equivalent of having your spine ripped out by the Predator. Fans of Beneath The Massacre and Ion Dissonance will lap up the more technical parts, while the brutal breakdowns while leave King Conquer and Molotov Solution devotees salivating for more.
The whole record is a faultless trip, but there are a few massive high spots on the release, such as ?No Salvation?, ?Hive Mind?, ?Excoriate?, ?Defiler? and the storming ?We?re Not Safe?. The standout on the album has to go to ?Partisan Deconstruction?, which features razor sharp riffing and probably some of the best breakdowns you?re going to hear for a very long time. Aversion Crown?s musicianship is utterly stellar, with Colin Jeffs? roaring vocals over furious drums and skin-burning guitar work, and the band can easily stand eye to eye with any artist on the planet as so far as musical talent and pure catchy heavy music writing ability goes.
?Servitude? ticks all the right boxes for an extreme metal album, and flawlessly combines both insane levels technical playing and inhuman vocals with soul-destroying breakdowns, all wrapped up in a top notch production job. But most importantly the entire release is utterly addictive, with each spin of ?Servitude? showing off more of Aversions Crown?s undeniable talent. This not an album that will be high-water mark in the Australian heavy music scene, but the new wave of death metal, period. If you like heavy music, you need to listen to ?Servitude?.
By Andrew Kapper