PANNYCHIDA "Missense Mutation"
When looking for some great new metal albums More Hate Productions is always a good place to start with. One of their newest outputs has been delivered by Russian death metal warriors Pannychida. For whatever reason there has been a break of twelve years between their last album and “Missense Mutation”. Pannychida walk the path between the classic structures of old school death metal and a more modern and technical approach with ease and self-confidence. The main riffs should make fans of Morbid Angel etc. feel right at home. There are flashes of technical prowess that build up a slightly chaotic atmosphere in some sections before the thundering death metal machine is marching in straight line again. Pannychida are great songwriters and use these elements to give the listener sometimes a feeling of relief when the already known rhythm takes over again. When I say “chaotic atmosphere” this does not mean that they ever lose the focus of the actual song but implement this kind of twists very cleverly. The drumming is especially impressive as I can imagine that it is not always easy to follow all those rhythm and tempo changes with such ease. The combination of blast-beats and more laid-back and groovy pieces is what makes “Missense Mutation” such a fresh and interesting listen. The main chords and the pummeling drum attacks are accompanied by some fantastic lead hooks that often have a quite harmonic feeling and other times do sound a bit strange and slightly quirky. As instrumentation played on such a high level asks for a powerful vocalist I am glad to report that Denis is exactly that. His roaring and growling is very intense and his delivery is on point. While some could argue that his deep tone might come across as a bit monotonous I personally think this is exactly what is needed here. His pronunciation is great making all the lyrics easily understandable. The production is thick and heavy giving the songs an immense punch. The drums have this brutal tone that makes the whole music feel like a bulldozer at full speed. The rumbling bass is audible and is used to great effect as solo instrument in some sections. Including a stunning cover artwork “Missense Mutation” is another highlight and easily one of the best records of the genre released over the past few months.
PANNYCHIDA "Missense Mutation"
What we have here is a seasoned Death Metal band which formed way back in 1992 in Russia. These guys know whats up and have a good sense of what good Death Metal should sound like. From break neck blasting speeds to slow groovy riffs all executed perfectly. What I love most about the production here is the bass which shines through in important parts and doesn’t overstay its welcome in parts where it is not necessary to be so audible. From beginning to end you are served very well thought out riffs and arrangements. I love when bands throw in little bass guitar runs and this fits this album so well. The vocalist fits this band like a glove. A perfect marriage of great vocals and brutal, and sometimes quite technical music. You can hear the band has been around for so long. Newer bands struggle to find their place and need nurturing before finding their sound. These guys have perfected their sound and its magnificent. Russia is not really known for producing many great bands, but Pannychida will make a new effort for me to delve deeper into the Russian scene. The album starts off with the title track and you can hear the bands presentation of what is to come in just the first few moments. Track number 5 titled “Trapped” starts off with a short acoustic riff and then breaks into one of the best tracks I have heard in quite some time. This is a great album and I am very happy it landed on my desk. I am a very picky guy when it comes to Death Metal and this album excites me. I will definitely be diving into their discography right now.
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