Lots of good words have followed PSYCROPTIC after their previous release, “The Scepter Of The Ancients”. I’m not familiar with the album, however, as I have only heard fragments of it. I’ve picked up that they played technical Death Metal on that release, a tradition they keep alive on “Symbols Of Failure”. I don’t know an awful lot about this band so I recommend you to check out their home-page if you feel that I provided you with too little information.
(Since I have an Australian band at hand I would like to use this opportunity to urge every fan of Extreme Metal to pay close attention to the Australian scene. THE AMENTA, BLOOD DUSTER, DESTROYER 666, ABRAMELIN and THE BERZERKER are all good tips if you want some quality Metal of extreme kind.)
Judging from how PSYCROPTIC sounds today a listen to their back catalogue could be worthwhile. I’m not surprised if their new label, Neurotic Records, decide to re-release their self financed debut album, “The Isle Of Disenchantment”. The reason for me trying to be prophetic on you is because I received an album called “Remnants Revived” by the band VISCERAL BLEEDING something like half a year ago. That was an upgraded version of that bands debut released, “Remnants Deprived”. It had better sound than the original, some cover songs and also included video footage. We are talking about the same label here so it should make some sense. If it doesn’t I owe the translator a big apology.
So what is PSYCROPTIC all about you might ask? Well, you at least got to like blast beats. You also have to like rapid tempo changes without an end. If a band like ANATA suits your tastes then you are one of them. I am one of them too, by the way. If you like extreme vocals in all shapes and forms you could get impressed by the variety in Mr. Peppiatt’s approach. I’m not saying that he is doing all the variants but he is doing a lot of them. Ranging from deep, almost bath tub deep, growling, to high pitched Black Metal-ish vocals. I like his growled approach but I do have some problems with his Black Metal variant. It’s just that every time it is present it sounds like exactly the same piece of music is being played over and over again.
Fortunately they are able to break out of it with style, meaning that they have some terrific riffs up their sleeves. The guitar sound isn’t the heaviest thing since the Mammoth, most likely because it would have been hard to play this kind of music with a Sunlight buzz. The guitar sound is quiet clean, clinical one could say, but it nevertheless has a good bite. It’s a delight to hear them when they are at the top of their game. It’s almost as I forget the boring parts with the Black Metal vocals, but I don’t. They appear way too often for that to happen.
Not the heaviest band around, nor the fastest, but damned skilled musicians they are. (Online June 9, 2006)