Sunday, 23 June 2013

Psychotic Pulse - Psychotic Pulse (2013)

Psychotic Pulse's self-titled album starts gently, with a mix of acoustic guitar and an electric solo, before gradually building to an explosion of riffs and blastbeats that grab you by the scruff of the neck and throw you around the room like a rag doll! The style is a mixture of deathcore and djent, with industrial elements and a hell of a lot of groove.

The drumming in this Toronto-based band really stands out, with a clear snare sound that cuts right through the mix to lead the sound, Fear Factory style. The songs are agressive slabs of downtuned palm-muted riffs, with angular grooves and rapidly changing drumbeats. Vocal-wise, I can hear Devin Townsend's Strapping Young lad style mixed with some Misery Index-like growls, in typical North American style. The album never gets boring, and the stand-out 'Dichotomy of Rage', complete with lead guitar/blastbeat breakdown is well worth waiting for.

For fans of Strapping Young Lad, DevilDriver and The Berzerker.

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