Metal Review – Apocrophex: Wheels Within Wheels

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Apocrophex: Wheels Within Wheels
Technical Death Metal
Manicidic Records
February 18th, 2014
Release length: 4:42
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New Jersey’s Apocrophex, is a two man operation composed of vocalist Pete Colucci (Danny Tanner, Goresmith, Gukurahundi) and Justin Buell (former Decimator) handling the instruments. The duo have been picked up by Manicidic Records to issue a two song digital EP of Technical Death Metal prowess earlier this year. But does this debut offering show promise for this newly formed venture?

“Wheels Within Wheels” bursts into action, showing off the neck of the guitar with a decent amount of speed that has a nice digital production behind it all, though doesn’t have the same impact as the richer music and hints of melody starting at the thirty second mark. Thankfully the gutturals give the complex passages a little more bite. There is more of a backbone to “Halos of Light” when the guitars show off that helps make the impact of the crisp leads a bit more powerful. Unlike the previous, this only has a chunk towards the end that comes off blunt with additional clean vocals against a hooks that seem uplifting before crashing down for one more assault.

Wheels Within Wheels is fairly enjoyable for what it is. Solid technical music that has its bludgeoning moments over the span of two relatively short songs that manage to just break free from the common expectations of the genre today by throwing in some melody and singing. The only things missing that would make it stronger are some Grindcore blast beats and an overall deeper production quality. If you’re interested in what Apocrophex brings to the table at this point, Wheels Within Wheels is currently available as a “name your price” download through their official Bandcamp account and worth checking out.

01. Wheels Within Wheels – 2:07
02. Halos of Light – 2:36
Initial Pressing Score: 7.5/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Apocrophex.