|Review: Immortal Bird - Akrasia|
Year released: 2013
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: April 7, 2014
Reviewed by: MetalMike
The oddly-named Death Metal band Immortal Bird has unleashed their debut, four-song EP, Akrasia, upon the Heavy Metal masses. Led by one-time Woods of Ypres drummer Rae Amitay, who has also picked up vocal duties, Immortal Bird play a distinctly technical style of thrashy Death Metal, not surprising given that Amitay is a graduate of the Berklee School of Music. The performances are tight and clean yet don't give up any of the dirty malice expected of Death Metal. Bands like Nile and Suffocation, while not sound-alikes, are decent reference points. I can't really hear a lot of variation between songs on Akrasia so the EP sounds more like one 20 minute song than four distinct entities. That may be how the band intended it but, to my ears, it sounds generic. This seems to be a band long on talent but short on song ideas, at least at this stage of their careers and perhaps more devoted fans of Death Metal will hear things I'm not. Immortal Bird is one face in a very large crowd though it wouldn't surprise me to hear bigger things from them in the future.
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