Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Byzantine - Byzantine (2013)
Progressive thrash almost seems like a contradiction in terms given thrash's very straightforward, relentless sound, but I believe that it is the perfect descriptor for this amazing album. It deftly combines the heavy, groovy riffing of Testament with the melodic sensibilities of Opeth. Their songwriting is so tight and the vast array of influences are incorporated so well that there's never really a dull moment on this album. If there's a metal sleeper hit for 2013, this has to be it.

P.S. Thanks to H.P.L. on TheRushForum for recommending these guys to me!

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