Formed eight years ago in 2010, Psychotomy started out as a thrash band, only to walk down the left hand path to forge a sound that is of pure death and disease. Now eight years later, Psychotomy has an EP and two full lengths under their belt including this release. This sophomore effort titled Aphotik is nine straight brutalizing and lobotomizing tracks wrought with malignancy and murderous intent. From the first couple of seconds on you become ensnared in a gutting, dissonant and obscure sound that aims to let your veins of your blood. Each track is relentless, wicked and down right cranium impaling. This brooding mass of death is just that as it rolls out track after detrimental track of nothing but pure death.
Psychotomy first leads you in to their first track Towards the Pillars of Chaos/Kenosis with dissonant guitar tracks that set an overall unsettling and flesh crawling atmosphere before really settling down and force feeding you some straight up brutalizing death metal. It only takes Psychotomy a little over one minute with their torturous atmospherics before grabbing a hold of you with the clammy hand of death that ultimately leads you to your painful demise. This opening track sets the overall tone of the record of course and also marks you for death as it rips and tears in to you one minute after the next. Towards the Pillars of Chaos/Kenosis rips your scalp back only to let the remaining eight tracks dig at your brain and fester there for some time.
Each track rolls out like a rumbling death machine trampling over the weak and anyone else who dare oppose them. These nine offerings trapped within the cover of Aphotik are sadistic and twisted odes to death, curdling blood, ripping skin from flesh and flesh from bone. Aphotik is a ceaseless and relentless record, one bares its fangs and sinks them into you early on. From the very first track, this release does a great job of gripping the listener never to let them go until the battering and mutilating ceases with the ninth and final track. There are no fillers here as what you are presented is purely suffocating as Psychotomy roll from one track to the next like a killer would move from victim to victim.
Everything on this release is executed to damn near perfection. The musicianship is top notch and the ever demonic blood curdling vocals are something to behold and everything is topped off with a raw and dissonant production that rounds this record out very well. Aphotik is just punishing and pure death metal and nothing but for nine straight tracks. This is a release to behold and one to certainly not look over as this certainly is one of the top death metal releases to come out this year.
Aphotik will be released September 28, 2018 through Everlasting Spew Records.
Check out the opening track from Aphotik titled Towards the Pillars of Chaos/Kenosis below!
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