Review: A Million Dead Birds Laughing – Xen

Xen (2012)

Australia, Self-released, Technical / Progressive / Avant-garde Death Metal

Avant-garde technical progressive jazz death metal. I did it with one breath. Believe it or not but that’s the truth. This band combines awesome black/death/avant-garde vocals, known from such bands as Arcturus, Borknagar, low magnitude growls as stands for grind, some epic clear vocals as Rotting Christ with strictly, black metal grunts. I’m stunned for the diversity of this one element and there’s more! They’re music is a conglomerate. It starts with hi-octane technical death-grind. Pretty harsh and extreme above all. Then it takes us to the next level with progressive implementations, ending at almost sludge – atmosphere. I’m in awe about the work which is being done here. They migrate, have violent stop & go’s all this in the manner of higher form of art. Really – this is very artistic and graceful album if You go into all the structures, atmosphere and brutality.

The production is at its best. Clear and juicy. Bringing all the smallest, delightful pieces to sound clearly. Drums are the separate chapter here. Massive and disturbing. Extreme but not exaggerated. Sometimes very smooth and “sad” (or depressive if You want). On the other hand – they can beat the living shit out of You! Well produced, amazingly arranged and interesting for the listener. Guitars don’t have any weak moments to be honest. At sometimes they’re slow and crush the environment but can be most technical stuff You’ve ever heard. Often releases the strings to caught up an intriguing momentum. I can do this forever… this band killed me for the first time with last year’s “Force Fed Enlightenment” album (which was amazing as well) and the “Xen” simply blew my head. This band never should go unnoticed for every death / tech death fan! AMDBL is showing how creative way of killing should look like. One more thing – it’s pretty easy to throw anything You’ve heard into one mix but it is an art to make this concept working. This band managed to get my highest attention for being too fucking epic to be true. This is probably best release I’ve heard this year and definitely will exist in my top10 for 2012. I recommend it for a million times!

Rating: 10/10
Author: Rimmön

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One thought on “Review: A Million Dead Birds Laughing – Xen”

  1. A 10/10?! That is quite bold! I will definitely have to check this one out! I think this is a really good description of their style: “AMDBL is showing how creative way of killing should look like.”

    I like how it is technical grindcore, but then they throw in all sorts of avant-garde and just weird stuff. Like you said, it makes for a very creative sort of violence. Excellent pick, I didn’t realize they had a new album out. I was hooked on AMDBL after last year’s “Force Fed Enlightenment” (which I listened to today) so I can’t wait to hear “Zen.”

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