(Season of Mist)
You want to know who is turning death metal upside down? It’s Akaloid, that’s who. Numen is a progressive journey that powers through the underworld with low end guttural growls, extreme guitar precision and a lot of mental strength in the time keeping.
But when you have a combined force of members who come from bands like Triptykon, Obscura, Dark Fortress, and Obsidious you have a dimensional psychedelic power trip that makes complexities in songwriting seem effortless.
This album is so fun to listen to just being able to dive into each song’s twists and turns. It’s like jazz . . . or cooking . . . or watching mad scientists churn around magic. I love the quick burns as much as I do the epic sagas. “The Cambrian Explosion” is a little over three-minutes of madness that transitions from rage to flamenco back into one of the more insane time signatures you will encounter. The ride may be disorienting, but the results all seem to fit.
The title track burns longer with a song that sounds more like ritual than statement. Here they have time to open doors and explore possibilities. It’s also an opportunity to send us spiraling deeper into an otherworldly madness.
“Set yourself up for greatness. Block out every flaw,” Morean may be singing it with a sardonic tone in “Clusterfuck,” it’s an inspirational reminder for these incredible musicians.
Numen is a dark ride into brilliant insanity.