Archspire – Relentless Mutation

You know when bands are technical for technical's sake? Relentless Mutation is, thankfully, not that. This is absolutely top-notch Technical Death Metal - well-written, well thought-out, and features a merciful run time.... do we really need 50+ minute injections of TDM?

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Burial In The Sky – Creatio et Hominus

The album starts out with the ambient, airy "Nexus", this combined with the excellent follow-up track "Tesla", pretty accurately aligns expectations for the album. What they offer right from the get-go is the yin-yang of their softest side, followed by their most straight-forward progressive death metal side, which works to make the remainder of the album more surprising.