ALBUM: Aversions Crown – Xenocide

Release Date: January 20th 2017
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Website: None available


Depending upon your love of deathcore, Brisbane’s Aversions Crown will definitely have a release for you as a fan, and for those that have lost touch with Suicide Silence going down a well-documented and highly controversial more melodic path lately, this is an early release you should check out this year.

This is the band’s second album, and first to follow-up 2011’s ‘Servitude’, and with an early declaration of intent on album opener ‘Void’, the notion that they’re going to go quietly never once will enter the mind of an average listener. The band kick in promptly on ‘Prismatic Abyss’, giving breakdowns that Despised Icon would be envious of. This is a release that clearly knows their fan base, and thankfully it doesn’t make their art suffer as a result.

Unfortunately, one of the criticisms of this genre is that the bands will typically make music that works quite formulaic, and this album suffers from similar problems. This isn’t to say that the release is completely devoid of originality, however, as ‘Hybridization’ is quite creative with its intro and effects over the riffs to add to the band’s musicianship.

To expect something new and outside the box for this release, especially with what genre the band are, is simply an ignorance of what deathcore is at this point. Thankfully, with the musicians playing at quite a technically good level, this is more Job For A Cowboy terrain rather than Emmure or Chelsea Grin. The genre might have been done before, but to do something well, regardless if it has been done before, is still an accomplishment at any level.

Within saying this, however, don’t expect this to appear in many end of year lists. This is an album which remains largely forgettable, and with enough cookie cutter vocals from Mark Poida to make most bands blush, this is a group which would benefit from expanding their scope on their third album.

Aversions Crown are technically proficient, but unfortunately ‘Xenocide’ lacks on creating memorable tracks to keep fans happy. This isn’t to say the album is bad, but when the taste has gone, like bubble gum, it largely remains chewed up and uninspired.

Written by Bradley Cassidy (@bradcassidy170)