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BLINDFOLDED AND LED TO THE WOODS Modern Adoxography

Album · 2017 · Deathcore
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4/5 ·
Kev Rowland


Christchurch is the third largest city on New Zealand, with a population of approximately 450,000. For those who are unaware, Christchurch was struck by two earthquakes in September 2010 and January 2011, which caused considerable damage to the city and the loss of 185 people. Since then the city has been rebuilding, both physically and emotionally, and the result is a community that is incredibly close and bonded together. I live some 30 minutes outside the city, near the township of Oxford, and have been here for a couple of years now. All of this makes me feel incredibly annoyed that the only way I have managed to discover this death metal outfit is by being sent a digital copy by an American PR company!

Apparently, “Adoxography” is a term coined in the late 19th century, and means "fine writing on a trivial or base subject". That these guys have been inspired by Dillinger Escape Plan, and have been supporting them on their recent NZ tour, is of little surprise. Here was have death metal with a crazed edge, music that is abrasive, sharp and twisted, while losing none of the brutality that one would expect from the genre. Here we have ten relentless tracks in thirty-five minutes of crushing riffs, technical wizardry, and merciless vocals. While the band's musical foundation is built upon brutal death metal, elements of demented grindcore and bizarre sci-fi tones weave their way into the complex structures, resulting in an engaging and damaging listening experience.

I can only hope that the guys are able to tour outside Aotearoa, as music as good as this needs to be heard by a much wider audience than the restricted population of New Zealand can afford. This is brutal, uncompromising, and very, very good indeed.
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25 days ago
Any Kiwi should have caught that. Well, so that’s two of you here then at least. Cool.
Vim Fuego wrote:
26 days ago
@viola Split Enz.... @Kev: Didn't realise you were in this part of the country! Born and bred in Darfield and Kirwee, and occasionally used to go to Oxford for a beer. ;) Spent the past 10 years in Dunsandel and currently located near Springston. And I hadn't heard of this band either.
26 days ago
That makes two Kiwi bands I need to check out. I love New Zealand and can appreciate that it’s tough for great music to get noticed when your down under and out to sea, spending “six months in a leaky boat”. (Did you get the reference?)

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