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Wretched adds a hearty heaping of progressive metal to its deathcore foundation on the North Carolina natives latest affair SONS OF PERDITION. So much in fact that this ambitious excursion includes a surprising three-part instrumental piece where acoustic guitars, chimes, and castanets collide with the quintet’s scalding aggressive edge, creating an unexpected array of textures to rear from the troupe’s usual blend of breakdown heavy Swedish inflected despair and darkness (“Dilated Disappointment”). Produced by Jamie King of Between the Buried and Me, this 11-track endeavor displays a band unafraid to take chances while maintaining a prominent punishing pulse to its music (“Imminent Growth”), expanding the modern metal fan’s mindset along the way. -Mike SOS
- Mike SOS