Yugen - Stillness Disturbed - (8.5/10)
Published on July 8, 2017
Genre:Progressive Death / Technical Death
You gotta love a good EP. When they’re done correctly, the result is something durable, impacting, and an altogether massive tease for further music. Stillness Disturbed, the debut recording from Australian upstarts Yugen, is exactly that. At right around 14 minutes in length, the experience, while brief, is by no means fleeting; the four songs on Stillness Disturbed offer up an infectious, rhythmically charged example of modern progressive death that just begs for extra spins.
An apparent duo with programmed percussionist, Yugen are most accurately an instrumental band, albeit with a few moments of shamanistic humming/chanting that correlate neatly with the mandala cover art and concurrent themes of spirituality. This apropos use of existential thought and mysticism continues to nurture the tech-prog metal commune, with Yugen, amongst others like Rivers of Nihil, Oceans of Slumber, Dischordia, and Black Crown Initiate, breathing life into death with their precise and impassioned extreme metal artistry.
With ample groove and complexity, Stillness Disturbed should appeal to fans of all manner of hard-hitting and forward-thinking death metal. The production is polished and clear and allows for a decidedly heavy experience with plowing double kick drums, dense, chunky riffs, and a voluble bass presence. Yugen’s ephemeral first effort is an impressive feat that fans of modern death should quickly investigate.