Lifeforms: Multidimensional

West Coast tech-metallers push djent to the extreme

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While the sanitised riffs and rhythms of today’s burgeoning tech-metal scene are heavy enough to animate the masses into some sort of frenzy, the subgenre is generally eschewed by the extremists. So an album that fuses pig-squeal brutality with the typical forms of djent is bound to make some waves within the deathcore camp.

Multidimensional comes with the tick-box instrumental signals of the Meshuggah-influenced blueprint: low-gain, distorted, palm-muted riffs, elasticated guitar sounds and eerie atmospherics. But then comes the less predictable vocals of the Californian quintet’s frontman, even blowing the likes of Veil Of Maya out of the water.

You can hear this on the title track, which has terrifying vocal power combined with the kind of mechanical riffs that remind us of Korn. Illogical then pounds in with a groove and punishing breakdowns. Lifeforms aren’t afraid to throw in the odd clean-sung part, which works well but can’t help but sound a bit prissy in the context of this otherwise heavy-as-a-rhino debut.

Holly Wright

With over 10 years’ experience writing for Metal Hammer and Prog, Holly has reviewed and interviewed a wealth of progressively-inclined noise mongers from around the world. A fearless voyager to the far sides of metal Holly loves nothing more than to check out London’s gig scene, from power to folk and a lot in between. When she’s not rocking out Holly enjoys being a mum to her daughter Violet and working as a high-flying marketer in the Big Smoke.