As soon as you press play on Fruit of the Poisoned Tree you get hit with the song Serpentine Messiah and your brain immediately begins to tumble over itself. This release scrambles the brain and leaves you headbanging for hours afterward only for you to come back again and again for some brain cell frying technical death metal. Virulent Depravity is the owner of this record and within this release is ten songs of pure technical and melodic death metal for your gnarled ears.
Fruit of the Poisoned Tree is a well put together record from beginning to end. Each song is very well crafted and highly memorable and this release just has you coming back for more and more. This effort is already great as it is, but it seems to get better and better with every listen. There isn’t a song on this release that is lacking or missing something as each and every one is incredibly entertaining and heavy and when you stop listening you come back for more to curb you technical death metal fix.
Each song is played at a frantic and flesh burning speed and even so Virulent Depravity works in some melodic moments here and there as well. These melodic moments help break up the all out technical death metal assault and provides you with a different and unique sound. In certain songs such as Only Human and the closer Crushed By Futuristic Filth you will be headbanging until your neck completely twists around and the next moment you are thrown off guard with a slower more melodic and atmospheric sound. Virulent Depravity does a great job of providing you with variation and diversity within each song so everything is always fresh and unique.
From the head spinning musicianship, the larynx shredding vocals and the tight production, what you get is an all around solid record. Each song on this release is great and you end up just getting lost in all of the tech death madness. If you are a technical death metal fan, this record definitely should be on your list to pick up. You simply cannot go wrong with Fruit of the Poisoned Tree and you definitely shouldn’t skip over it if you have a chance to get it or listen to it.
Fruit of the Poisoned Tree will be out April 7, 2017.