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The Zenith Passage – Solipsist (album review)

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Posted May 15, 2016 by George Archibald in CD Reviews

The-Zenith-Passage-SolipsistThe Zenith Passage – Solipsist

Reviewed By: George Archibald

Hailing from California, tech death metal outfit The Zenith Passage released Solipsist on April 15th. Earning rave reviews after the release of their EP Cosmic Dissonance in 2013, this was the much await full length. The band pulls influence and much of their sound from another technical death metal giant, The Faceless. The Zenith Passage pulls its weight in experience as well having members that once were in the bands All Shall Perish, and Fallujah.

Solipsist’s first single released is “Dues Deceptor” which the band made a 360-degree lyric video for. Immediately you are struck with blazing fast guitar riffs that get straight to the point. The aggression of the vocals comes at you with a vast vocabulary of terms showing the complexity of the writing process for this band. The track moves along, building up to a very melodic solo break. This band stays true to pushing the tempo and their technical abilities, amping up the difficulty factor with each riff played.

The second single the band released a video for is “Holographic Principle II: Convergence”, another death metal masterpiece with every member is striving for perfection on the track. With the addition of programming on this track which follows along with the complex guitar riffs it makes for a very atmospheric sound to follow. The band also goes into a melodic break accompanied by a very tasteful solo to round it out.

Solipsist is an achievement in technical death metal as much thought was put in to filling every second with complexity. If you are looking for something new to listen to and love the sound of bands like The Faceless, Necrophagist, or Born of Osiris, this is an album for you. This album shows what can be accomplished with time and experience brought to the writing process. The Zenith Passage tries to push technical death metal to the next level.


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