The Lower Levels Of Sentience
Review by Alex on August 5, 2020.
Rarely a day goes by without some new death metal band living up to the promise of delivering old school mishaps. Tell me 'Do you know the way to San José?', you might want to go there sometime after you're done hearing The Lower Levels of Sentience. Astriferous hail from Costa Rica (as you have probably figured by now), and they play a pulverizing style of traditional death metal. However, woven deep in the fabric of this quartet is a death/doom metal flicker that raises every now and then for the duration of The Lower Levels of Sentience.
Crossing paths with Incantation and Cannibal Corpse on their way to The Lower Levels of Sentience, Astriferous borrow some of the bands traits and give them rigid incorporation. NOT to be fooled, Astriferous arrive with their own penchants aiding the fluent formation of the record. At the glance of an eye 'Ghost Universe' takes the listener on a somnambulic journey through the ethereal with a collage composed of pinch harmonics, diverse breaks into thrash metal and blast beats scattered throughout the track.
Astriferous then through their nocturnal soundscapes, take things up a notch on 'Exercises in Tantric Sorcery', arguably their best moment on The Lower Levels of Sentience. A death/doom metal session of therapy spiraling into the groovy realms of the subgenre with a gloomy overcast of stygian vocals hovering atop the combative thunderstorm of lethal drumming and riffing in both doom laced and blazing sections.
At this juncture no doubt persists that Astriferous are more than fucking competent at what they do, but to reinforce that feeling of absolute impression, 'Myraid of Grotesquerie' and 'Necrohallucination' cast down the band's most execrable embrocation. 'Necrohallucination' primarily amplifies everything pleasurable on The Lower Levels of Sentence. Jumbling together doom metal movements with those of devastating death growls and frantically played blast beats to conjure an atmosphere summating the album.
Only 20 minutes yet colossal in totality, The Lower Levels of Sentience is inescapable all the while transfixing.
Rating: 8.2 out of 10364