Near Death Condition – Evolving Towards Extinction (2014 SPOTLIGHT) – These Swiss death metallers make you say just one thing on their third full-length album and first on Unique Leader… Who in the fuck is that on guitar? And from a quick observation (hell, even the first song “Words Of Wisdom 3:49”) we can quickly come to the conclusion that Near Death Condition make anything but ordinary death metal. You can call them technical, you can call them progressive and you can even say that they sound like Deeds Of Flesh and fucking Nile as MA stated. But as far as I’m concerned, these guys are doing something innovative with death metal and making waves in ways that I can only merely explain. You see, the leads that bellow forth from Patrik and Stephane’s guitars will make you feel like you’re in the center of a spiraling tornado, watching as the world circles around you and the wind whips against your ears with its fierce gusts. Drummer Guido Wyss definitely has skill behind the kit, as he has shown in his three previous acts (and the still active black/death outfit Enigmatik) as Patrik (also of doomers Lucifer In Love) belts out the fierce kind of golem growls that you should expect from this kind of music. Stephane even adds vocal influence in the band, making for a double dose of throat-backed wallop, which is intensified by the otherworldly and assuredly violent textures created in the band’s extremely intricate riffscapes. A few guitar solos pop out in the mix every once in a while, and they’ll make the poor guys in Alterbeast cry with their grandeur. By the way, these guys are on the same label as Alterbeast, so I’m hoping that those guys got a copy of this record from the band because I think that Near Death Condition could show them how to write a highly textured death metal album that doesn’t come off stale and boring. Though not completely fucking perfect (there are a few songs on the record that I wish saw more of the weird riffscapes and mesmerizing leads), Evolving Towards Extinction is a definite must hear for 2014. If you’re looking for any modern death metal act that is bound to leave an impact on your cranium that will reverberate for many years to come, then look no further then Near Death Condition.
(11 Tracks, 51:00)