Architectural Genocide – Cordyceptic Anthropomorph Review

I’m not 100% sure what “architectural genocide” is…

But I know what Architectural Genocide does.

Release date: March 13, 2020. Label: Comatose Music.
For their debut full-length, this quartet brings the brootal, bro, taking cues from the usual Suffo-spects like the US Disgorge, Gorgasm, and fellow Texans Devourment. Drummer Nat Conner wears out his kit, shifting between blasting drive and grooving slam with ease. Matt Day’s bass pokes through Jonathan Blake’s guitar barrage with the occasional beautiful clank, like he uses galvanized cables for strings. Daniel Brockway’s grunts slide between a belching guttural and a bullfrog gurgle, and yet they even manage intelligibility in a few places. (Hell, he even somehow makes the word “pavilion” sound brutal in opening barrage “Spires Of Mangled Tissue.”) Whereas so many death metal vocalists of today opt for a cavernous, more free-form attack, Brockway keeps his barking to tighter, more rhythmic patterns, helping Cordyceptic’s songs punch harder while lending a certain hammering brutality to the affair.

And of course, it’s those songs that matter more than any individual component, and thankfully, what a fun collection of them Cordyceptic proves itself to be. Building off a storyline of Brockway’s about an experiment gone wrong and the resultant life-destroying parasite, Cordyceptic Anthropomorph’s concept mostly plays second fiddle to its relentless pummeling. Blake’s riffs are predominantly of the chunky, blunt-force-trauma type, though certainly possessing enough variety to keep the songs interesting without ever disrupting the persistent aggression. Witness the discordant intro chords to “Hallucinogenic Demise,” or the lurching breakdown of “Gorge On Deceased,” or other dashes of beautiful dissonance in “Abolishment Of Human Existence,” or even that one simple pinch harmonic held out just a few beats over in “Spires Of Mangled Tissue.” (Yes, that last one’s not technically a riff — but it’s still a damned clever and simple little hook.) The production is tight and clean, but not slick or overdone. Conner’s drums are live without falling into the overly clicky or pingy or processed, and the guitars and bass hit with the appropriate force-ten impact without suffocating the entire mix in wall-of-noise saturation.

Eight songs, forty minutes, four players, one hell of an ear-smashing good time… Architectural Genocide treads a well-trod path, it’s true, but that path is a favorite one around these parts for a reason: Brutal death metal kicks ass, dude, and Cordyceptic Anthropomorph is certainly a promising debut for these Texans.

Posted by Andrew Edmunds

Last Rites Co-Owner; Senior Editor; born in the cemetery, under the sign of the MOOOOOOON...

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