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Review: Apogean - Into Madness
Into Madness

Label: Independent
Year released: 2021
Duration: 25:35
Tracks: 5
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: July 17, 2021
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Into Madness

Rated 4.4/5 (88%) (5 Votes)

Canada's been a hotbed for excellent technical Metal since the '80s, so it's no surprise that they churned out more of it with Apogean's debut EP, Into Madness. Their take on Death Metal is certainly on the more technical and progressive end of the pool, but rather than mindlessly noodle or rhythmically jerk off, these guys are actually interested in making music that's as engaging as it is intricate. They accomplish this by putting a lot of variety in their songs, often going from harsher Death Metal assaults to calmer, more progressive and even jazzy sections without missing a beat, all mixed in with various other unorthodox elements and oddball time signatures to make for a sound that's as professional as it is adventurous. This is all given an extra dose of madness thanks to the excellent vocals of Spike McConnell, whose blackened rasps and growls put him somewhere between Jari Mäenpää and Jeff Walker, but honestly, everyone in the bands gives an astonishing performance to make a propulsive and breathtaking release that's far more complex and interesting than most so-called Tech Death out there, certainly better than a lot of signed bands these days. If you're looking for a new quality Tech Death band that'll make you burn the frets of your air guitar while also leaving you impressed with some actual innovation, then Apogean are exactly who you are looking for.

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