Archspire is the band that is out to change the technical death metal genre. This band coins their singular sound with their technique of non-repetitive songwriting, beyond-dexterous musicianship and an inhuman brutality that no other band holds. Their sophomore album, The Lucid Collective, encompasses these elements in the most heinous of ways.
The album starts off with the song The Lucid Collective Somnambulation. “Somnambulism” is defined as the act of walking while asleep; this song is the definition of walking through your own nightmare. The track starts off with a groovy bass line that evolves into a highly rapid calamity, mixed with nefarious soloing and nebulous vocals. This makes way for the equally tormenting track Scream Feeding. The rough edges that Archspire obtains mix with melodic soloing to make this song unique.
One of the qualities about this band I find the most intoxicating is their divergence from traditional songwriting techniques. Instead of the typical song written in the traditional verse-chorus-solo format, Archspire writes their songs in a more unpredictable way. Their songs are written in fragments rather than whole parts, such as brief yet intense solos rather than long and elaborate solos. This is the only way to describe the song Fathom Infinite Death. The mixture of harmonic riffing with menacing drumming cutting suddenly into a ferocious solo will throw any listener off. That, and around the middle of the song I can’t even recognize one of the instruments they use; must have been a gift from outer space.
The song Join Us Beyond sounds like a war with extraterrestrials. The swift riffing in the intro sounds like laser beams while Oli Peters’ vocals sound like crushing bodies. The solo toward the end is phenomenal; Dean Lamb and Tobi Morelli combat each other in a 7-string v. 8-string guitar battle using their cunning savagery to tear each other to shreds. Seven Crowns and The Oblivion Chain is the track that sounds by far the most inhuman. It is comprised of a velocity that can only be heard in space, solos that will explode your senses, and varying vocal pitches that will leave you stunned.
Kairos Chamber is the song that is by far the mellowest of all of the songs. “Kairos” is an ancient Greek word meaning “the right or most opportune moment.” I feel putting in this brief instrumental toward the end of the album was most opportune; the listener feels that the soft yet low riffing is a break from the deranged sounds that was heard before. But this song is only as calm as Archspire gets, especially when the adroit signature styles of drummer Spencer Prewett and bassist Jaron Evil come in. This will also prepare the listener for the final song, Spontaneous Generation. It begins with a squealing solo played at a mindblowing rate, and the rest of the track is unpredictable and ruthless; the listener won’t be able to keep track of the solos from Peters‘ vocals. This song is both malignant and brilliant and a flawless way to end an ingenious album.
Archspire is sure to influence the technical death metal genre. The aptitude of musicianship and creativity is truly inventive. This band rouses an ardent reaction from any listener, and they don’t cut around any cookie-cutter bullshit. Overall, Archspire will ascend to the top quick with The Lucid Collective.
1. Lucid Collective Somnambulation
2. Scream Feeding
3. The Plague of AM
4. Fathom Infinite Depth
5. Join Us Beyond
6. Seven Crowns and the Oblivion Chain
7. Kairos Chamber
8. Spontaneous Generation
Genre: Technical Death Metal
Label: Season of Mist
Playing Time: 30 Minutes