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The two-man tandem known as Fission also play together in Vintersong, furthering an already solid bond on the 11-track CRATER. This disc teeters on the progressive side of the metal spectrum, yet never endorses the genre’s excessiveness. Instead, the duo twist and turn thrash metal riffs, electronic effects, and majestic metal passages when other bands noodle, creating a fresh sound whose unbound energy and unorthodox nature are seldom heard, but greatly appreciated on tracks like “Catastrophe Consumer” and the Deep Purple meets Black Label Society by way of Fates Warning stomper “Mind Vortex”. Progressive without pretense, CRATER is a disc for fans of bands like Grip Inc. and Dark Tranquility.
- Mike SOS