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'The Fifth Fury'
(Sliptrick Records)

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Jools Green

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I was surprised to find out just how long progressive/technical death Metal quartet Gory Blister from Milan, Italy have actually been around, as they have been flying beneath my radar until now.

The band were formed in 1991 and have released two demos, one EP and five full lengths, including this latest offering, the aptly named 'The Fifth Fury' which follows their 2012 release 'Earth-Sick', under their belts.

They take their lyrical inspiration from themes ranging from psychology to modern literature/poetry and outer space and although there is a clearly defined technical edge to their sound there is also a melodic old school death Metal edge that is curiously reminiscent and obviously inspired by Heartwork era Carcass.

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Although I can't say I like everything about his album there is a lot to like. Initially I found it a hard listen because of the way their harsh styled technical meets the melodic, but it is an album that grew on me and their approach is very innovative and can be best described as a well ordered disorder that's awash with technical breakdowns and superbly dynamic solos.

None of the tracks pass the five minute mark which is ideal for this genre, and the balance between melodic and technical is mostly good with the latter not overpowering the former in too many places and vocally what you get is a mix of well delivered growls and vitriolic hisses alongside drum work that is pretty noteworthy also.

The Carcass influence hits home immediately with the opening notes of 'Psycho Crave', one of the best tracks of the release. There are also other noticeable influences across the release, namely hints of Death and early Morbid Angel but it is the Carcass influence that, for me, dominates.

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'Thresholds' is faster paced, riff rich, with a strong technical edge, certainly in the first half, softened with well placed melodic elements and concluded with a superbly thrashy later part solo.

'Toxamine' has a superb opening repeat riff, in fact it has several that take the hard edge off the technical breakdowns and a great close that is soft yet sinister, another track that sat well with me.

The beautiful, dark and haunting melodic opener on 'Devouring Me' belies the frantic technicalities that follow, concluded by an insane later part solo.

Album title track and fifth track of the release, 'The Fifth Fury', aside from its clever placing, didn't make much impact on me. The release generally takes on a more discordant technical edge from this point but the track does have an appealing dark repeat.

'Prometheus Scars' and 'The Grey Machinery' have superb midpoint guitar work that has a progressive edge, as does '(Meet me) In the Mass Grave' towards its close.

I really enjoyed the bonus track, the haunting and orchestrated, piano led 'Heretic Infected Orchestra' for being so different and it really came as a huge surprise at the end of this increasingly technical offering.

'The Fifth Fury' might not totally float my goat but as a modern technical release inspired by old school death Metal it is a well executed example and worth giving a listen.

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