Aversions Crown - Xenocide album review

More galactic nightmares from Aussie deathcore destructors

Aversions Crown's Xenocide

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Aversions Crown’s 2014 debut, Tyrant, saw the Aussie outfit deliver bludgeoning deathcore with twisted harmonic dissonance that soundtracked the tales of extraterrestrial invasion and apocalyptic torment.

Though Chris Cougan and Mick Jeffrey’s eight-string guitars still mean the drops sound like a mothership entering the atmosphere, it’s the wielding of fiendish atmospheres and haunting Nile-esque melodies that separate Xenocide from the rest of the genre’s output. The Soulless Acolyte pervades and crushes and there’s a grandiosity to Hybridization and Stillborn Existence that hints at a scope beyond the ignition of pits. Erebus’s towering leads point to a familiarity with death metal’s old school and enhance the inevitable clubbing that follows with plenty of subtle industrial blips and electronic undertones. Deathcore might not get many plaudits within extreme metal, but Xenocide is an album that displays enough adventure, layers and blackened soul to warrant respect.

Adam Brennan

Rugby, Sean Bean and power ballad superfan Adam has been writing for Hammer since 2007, and has a bad habit of constructing sentences longer than most Dream Theater songs. Can usually be found cowering at the back of gigs in Bristol and Cardiff. Bruce Dickinson once called him a 'sad bastard'.