(8/10) New name, old hands. Audiotopsy is the new band of (former) Mudvayne, Hellyeah and Skrape members that came to together for reactivating the old spirit of groove-based modern metal.
"Natural Causes" is the first result out of the fruitful cooperation between Greg Tribbett (g), Matt McDonough (d), Billy Keeton (v) and Perry Stern (b).
The band's debut comes with twelve new songs (two are actually interlude and outro) that are catching your attention from the first note onwards. Combining down-tuned modern metal riffs with catchy melodies and some melancholic grunge vibes leads to an exciting sonic experience.
Already the opener with it's strong beat sets an example. This isn't uninspired output of guys that might not be happy with their (former) bands. This album is a creative channel for ideas that have been looking for the right circumstances.
Audiotopsy works with mighty riffs like on "Swim" and the brutal "Darken the Rainbow" is a monster song that I haven't heard from established modern metal bands since quite a while. The tunes sound fresh and unused. This is one of the biggest benefits with "Natural Causes". It feels like the guys got almost unlimited freedom when it comes to the songs and the songwriting.
It's the unleashed power, spread by Audiotopsy, that is inspiring and engaging. This doesn't only go for the loud tracks. Also the more silent ones, like the Soundgarden-like "Frozen Scars" shows the big potential of this four-piece.
The more grey and melancholic grunge vibe comes also back in numbers like "All we know". But Audiotopsy never copies a style. The grunge parts are combined with heavy modern metal sound eruptions which gives the song some nice twists.
I must say that I've never been a real fan of bands like Mudvayne and Hellyeah. But I do like what I heard from Audiotopsy.
- All We Know
- The Calling
- H2O (Interlude)
- Disguise The Devils
- Burn The Sky
- Darken The Rainbow
- Frozen Scars
- Natural Causes (Outro)
Label: Napalm Records
Genre: Modern Metal
Release Date EU: October 2nd, 2015