"Xenocide" is the third full length studio album from Australian deathcore band Aversions Crown,
released 20th January 2017 on the Nuclear Blast label.
This will be the first full-length with Mark Poida at the helm. The extraterrestrial four-piece’s music is rooted exclusively in the realms of science fiction and aliens, and Xenocide follows suit.
Musically, Aversions Crown have gone for a much more sophisticated approach than previous efforts. With Xenocide , the band seem to have left many of the “-core” aspects of their music behind, focusing now on a heavier, more complex style that further compliments the terrifying and unsettling atmospherics. Though there are still a few breakdowns scattered across the album, the stunning lead work from guitarist Chris Cougan sets a very eerie atmosphere, and distinguishes the breakdowns from the generic chug-fests many deathcore bands tend to favor. Mason’s drumming is second-to-none, with the stamina, brutality and precision of a T-1000. The addition of Poida to Aversion Crown’s lineup seems to have really rejuvenated the band – his lyrics are fantastic, his concepts are interesting, and his vocals are utterly filthy. Coming in at 12 tracks, there is more than a few absolutely killer songs on Xenocide – from the eerie, near-perfect “Stillborn Existence” to the Xenomorphic brutality of “Cycles of Haruspex,” from the brutalizing “The Soulless Acolyte” to the immersive, break-neck closing track “Odium.”
Taking the style Aversions Crown carved for themselves with their 2014, Tyrant, and further advancing it, Xenocide is an otherworldly blast-fest. Armed with a story that would have Ridley Scott scratching his chin and Ellen Ripley quaking in fear, Aversions Crown are fully devoted to their brand of cosmic destruction. With a few catchier riffs, and swapping a couple of breakdowns for shred-fuelled solos, Xenocide would be scoring a perfect 10/10 – but otherwise, an excellent offering from one of Australia’s most promising bands.
Reviewed by Fraser Wilson for metalwani.com.