Album Reviews

Madrost – “The Essence of Time Matches No Flesh” Review

You can never go wrong when you say the phrase “I’m listening to California-based metal”. And Madrost live up to the lofty expectations set by the SoCal scene with this piece. If you are wondering what would happen if someone decided to cross Vektor with mid-90s Death, this is what you have: a deep, heavy, progressive effort, oozing sci-fi flair while still maintaining the necessary grit to fulfill the requisite metal checklist.

Madrost first caught my eye 3 years ago when they released “Into The Aquatic Sector”. A high energy, frenzied approach to Thrash/Death that grabbed you by the throat and never let go. They don’t change that approach when on the stage either, frontman Tanner Poppit always manages to bring an almost infinite supply of energy to the stage, driving the band and delivering the type of fortitude you want in an entertainer.

“The Essence of Time Matches No Flesh” – besides being a mouthful – shows Madrost’s maturity from their last release. Maintaining their forceful attack while adding a tasteful amount of progressivism to their sound. This is most noticeable in the first track “Eyes of the Deceit”, with an eerie intro to prepare us for the surgical assault on our ears. The new level of creativity is a welcome surprise and tracks like “From Sand to Dust” and “Abstractions” keep that high energy, no frills attack intact within the album.

Overall, Tanner Poppit’s Guitar and Vocals, Necro Nick’s Guitar, Richard Orellana’s bass, and Mark Rivas’ drums were all more than competent. You can tell that this is a band that did not rush this, did not cut corners, and did not leave any detail unchecked. That compounded with the level of maturity and creativity that this offering brings, makes this a must buy for anyone who has even the most minute interest in progressive death/thrash metal. I know progressive death/thrash isn’t technically a genre, but that’s one of my favorite things about Madrost. They’re hard to quantify using traditional terms, they’re always just Madrost.

Grade: 84/100

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