Replicant – Negative Life (2018)

Although I don’t really dig the vocal end, technical metallers looking for more than the norm in this genre will certainly find something to like here. It’s a shame that my former colleague quit listening to this kind of music, because he would have really jammed this out. Unlike the tech-death of the age, there’s a massive sporadic substance here that actually manages to do more than just capitalize on the greatness of Gorguts Obscura. They also decided to go with a raw sound, rather than the polished efforts that I hear from modern tech-death. That means that while the sound comes off quite raw, it also feels authentic. I don’t feel that I’m getting a carbon copy with these guys and they certainly don’t stick to the same sets of riffs either. There’s an unexpected set of grooves in “Inescapable Grief” that almost reminds me of Pantera. I think that a lot of the tech-death obsessed kids are going to throw this one over the bridge because once again, it isn’t quite as polished and doesn’t sound much like other acts that brought them into the genre. Replicant aren’t looking to turn their instruments into test tubes though, they’re just having quite a bit of fun with musical formula and mud, which I find to be no problem. Especially if there are some mud wrestling women about. But I guess I can’t really say that anymore. At least until I get a mud wrestling fembot that loves death metal. Death metal with as much filth and grit as the kind that these guys make. I also like the fact that they’re not afraid to employ creepy electronic synths, like “The Frail” and “Selfish Universe” demonstrate, so there’s much more to this performance than meets the eye and I definitely wish Replicant the best of luck with these albums. There’s a lot of potential here and in my opinion, far more potential than what is actually popular right now. It’s not that they don’t borrow from acts like Gorguts, Meshuggah and Gojira, but that they actually manipulate these influences in a way that comes off sounding like Replicant, rather than just another goddamned clone. Is it perfect? No. But it’s a definite step in the right direction, especially if you like filthy, mud-wrestling fembots. Give the disc a listen at the link below.

(10 Files, 44:00)

9/10

Purchase HERE (Bandcamp)

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