by Doug Moore
Artificial Brain at Saint Vitus (more by Caroline Harrison)
The opening riff to the title track is an excellent example of these tricky melodies. Guitarists Dan Gargiulo and Jon Locastro weave together night-sky harmonies over Sam Smith's hummable bass line. Then Keith Abrami leans into a blastbeat, and the whole song heaves itself airborne, taking the listener with it. It's a great set-piece on an album that's loaded with them. Death metal is all about effective teamwork, and these five musicians play off each other to hair-raising effect multiple times per song.Labyrinth Constellation comes out on February 21st on Profound Lore. Stream its title track below...