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The Pitch: New England progressive technical death squad Scalpel self-release a vicious new album and the first to land a potential spot for our 2017 Musicianship part deux list.  FFO Gigan, Replacire, Gorguts

What I Like: This album is a totally brutal technical powerhouse.  I looked at the cover and assumed this would be some 80’s/90’s throwback thrash or death metal, but this is some psychodelic, mind-breaking stuff.  I have been dying to hear what Gigan are cooking up in their demented little kitchen this year, but Scalpel have delivered more than enough to hold me over until then.  The guitarwork is insane, and I love the energy and sound of the drums.  Even the moody intrumental “Interdelude” is a masterpiece that adds an extra level of disturbed aesthetic to the album as a whole.

Critiques: The production and mixing could use a little work.  Otherwise this is gold.

The Verdict: For an album about paranoid delusions and violent hallucinations, Scalpel have utterly nailed the concept from a sonic stndpoint.  I don’t need a lyrics sheet to understand that I need a straightjacket to listen to this album.

Flight’s Fav’s: Lung Butter, Labors of Loathing, The Stink

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Flight of Icarus FlightofIcarus is a father, licensed counselor, and full time metalhead. When he is not working and spending time with family, he is writing furiously to promote underground bands on his own site, Metal Trenches. He believes staunchly in writing only constructive reviews, and his favorite bands include Dark Tranquillity, Enslaved, Poison the Well, and Deftones. You can also buy his ebook, The ABC’s of Black Metal.