AVICULARIA - Born to be Vile
GENRE: Avant-garde death metal
LABEL: Croatia Records
YEAR: April 17th, 2009
REVIEWED BY: PSL
PROVIDED BY: Avicularia
The Croatian four-piece Avicularia plays avant-garde death metal. The music is inspired by Immolation and Gorguts, but the band also find inspiration in genres like jazz, fusion and other alternative types of music.
There's lots of changeups and abnormal parts in the songs, but it's not like the band overdo it or ignore having parts and riffs that are catchy. There's a good balance between this. The Croatians also add some brutal parts now and then for additional variation. Despite of the obvious hints to Immolation and Gorguts the music has lots of personality.
Some of the songs are long, but there are enough going on in the music not bore. The band also adds some rock type of parts here and there as well as a solo or two. The bass is audible and gets a lot of space in the music. It's something that I like as it adds feel to the songs. There's also a few samples and ethic effects here and there - it's all done in a balanced way and like the bass it adds feel to the music.
The production however is not optimal. It's way too dry and bare. I miss a somewhat more juicy and fat sound. It's in particular the bass and guitars that suffer from this. It's not something that spoils the music, but it does have a bad effect overall. If you like tech death with an avant-garde feel then I can only recommend taking a closer look at Born to be Vile.