Our overall verdict
Don't let the cover art of Deconstructing Sequence's Year One EP fool you. On first glance you might be expecting some sort of cheap Chimp Spanner clone (indeed, the logo alone might lead you to this conclusion), but nothing can quite prepare you for the sonic onslaught which assaults your ears from the get-go.
Formed out of the ashes of black metallers Northwail, Deconstructing Sequence take no prisoners with this release - the 3 track monster is an intense helping of some of the finest extreme progressive metal that's likely to be released this year. Indeed, when listening to this release, you can hear influences ranging from Death and Deicide to Zonaria and even a touch of Cradle of Filth, all with a modern flare and tone which wouldn't seem out of place on a Meshuggah record.
In all honesty, Onslaught struggled to make any real differentiation between the 3 tracks, as this style of music calls for an intense and rapid barrage of ideas and passages, which renders the creation of big hooks and memorable choruses pretty much impossible. But that's OK - that's not what this kind of art is about. If you want distorted club anthems, you're in the wrong place. If you want to treat your face and ears to a 23 minute-long comprehensive demolition, this is the record for you.
The musicianship is at a stupidly high level, which is just as well seeing as this style of music pretty much demands it. Luckily, the 3-piece act have enough ability to not only play their instruments like utter machines, they've also managed to create a sound which really works. Intense sections of blast beats, death core riffs and the occasional synth part layered over the top merge create a unified sound that avoids that all-too-common feeling of musical Tourette's, which is hard to do in this style due to its nature of rapidly bouncing between different ideas and rhythmic structures.
The production of this release is fantastic, and the mix of Arek Jablonski really hits the nail on the head as far as bringing out the right sound for this style. The powerful drumming and versatile guitar parts complement the vocals beautifully, whilst the synth parts and spoken word sections really help to put a spacey-spin on the dark, cold Scandinavian black metal atmosphere which has very much survived from the Northwail days.
The band have stated that they'll be offering a series of short 2-3 track EPs rather than full-length releases, which is just as well really - the material is so intense that any more than that would just be overkill. Whilst the lack of real distinction between the songs might make individual tracks tricky to recall, the overall sound of Deconstructing Sequence will sit with you for a long time, leaving you torn between wanting the next EP as soon as humanly possible, and praying that they'll give you enough time to recover from this one!0 Be the first to like this