Cronaxia: Collapsing The Outer Structure (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland

At the end of the ‘90s, Cronaxia were born into the darkness of the Portuguese death metal underground. As they began to shape and form their furious, technical extremity the music became evermore relentlessly intense, the lyrics more searching as they set off exploring the universe at the speed of light. But, the only release until now was their 2008 EP, ‘The Solution Above Continuity’. In 2010 they made the decision to no longer play live, and then in 2015 started work on what was going to be their debut album. The band was by now just a trio, Felipe (guitarist and founder member), Renato (guitars) and Sergio (vocals), so they enlisted the help of a session rhythm section, both from the band Grog; drummer Rolando Barros and bassist Alex Ribeiro.
Mixed and mastered by Paulo Viera, known for his production work with Ironsword and Ravensire, the result is an incredibly complex and intense death metal album that fans of Morbid Angel and Carcass, in particular, are going to find enthralling. The rhythm section obviously have a great understanding of each other, with Ribeiro providing a lynchpin between the complex guitars and the frantic drummer of Barros. I must confess to not being a massive fan of his constant snare drum attack, and due to the way that it is kept high in the mix it does take away from the rest of the music, which is a real shame as this is the only major downside on what is a very good album indeed. The guitar scrunch when they need to, with Felipe and Renato having an innate understanding of where each other is going to so that they both complement and contrast with each other. Sergio is a classic very deep throated vocalist, and the songs are blasted through at high speed with a great deal going on.

But, as I said, the drums are something of a let-down for me, which may well be the result of using a session musician. It would be interesting to see what will happen with these guys if they do decide to get back up to full strength and start playing live again, as this style of music really deserves to be blasted out from a stage.

Rating: 6/10


Track list:
1. Collapsing The Outer Structure
2. Logarithmic Cavitation
3. The Core Condition
4. Dimension Ratio
5. Continuous Signal
6. Embryonic Reanimation
7. Plasmatech
8. Tangential Threshold



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