Saturday, March 5, 2016

Bushwhacker "The False Dilemma"

Country: Canada
Genre(s): Progressive Death Metal
Format: digital
Release date: March 5, 2016
1. Tower (7:16)
2. Cheewhat Giant (1:07)
3. Dead Man's Waltz (7:28)
4. Shikadance (6:05)
5. The Return (5:23)
6. Perfection (6:05)
7. A Path (2:36)
8. Bushwhacker (4:42)
9. Golden Shell (4:55)

Total time 45:37

Cavan Egan - guitar & vocals
Geoff Woods - guitar & vocals
Rory O'Brien - bass & vocals
Sean Komaromi - drums

The basis of Bushwhacker’s sound is a brand of progressive death metal that is highly reminiscent in form to Cormorant: oddly-timed riffing and off-kilter rhythms abound here, driven by the melodic sensibilities of melodic death metal, but the tunes feel oddly atonal at times, and some of the harmonic choices are strange to the ear. Of course, it’s all intentional, and Bushwhacker does a fantastic job of keeping the listener’s attention with their energetic formula, but at times, the tunage does feel a little too samey; rarely are there any of the sorts of interludes and genre-switching freakouts that are, at this point, almost sonically synonymous with the idea of prog metal. That’s not to say that there are no other genres present on The False Dilemma, though, as there are numerous riffs that seem to pull their influence from black metal, sludge metal, and post-metal, but even here, the melodic death metal influence is so overpowering that it becomes obvious throughout the album that the band struggles to escape it.
Read the full review by  Simon Handmaker at heavyblogisheavy.com



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