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Review: LieVeil - Automaton

Label: Independent
Year released: 2016
Duration: 39:11
Tracks: 8
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: July 9, 2016
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating

Rated 3.73/5 (74.55%) (11 Votes)

Here's the Bulgarian progressive deathsters' follow-up album, titled Automaton, which pretty much follows in the musical direction where they left off on their promising-sounding debut album, Instigator, in 2014.

LieVeil firmly rely on their progressive approach in Death Metal this time again. They have sharpened their performance a little bit since the Instigator days, which obviously is the kind of thing that comes naturally the more experienced you become as a musician. With these eight new songs, it's great to notice that the guys haven't stuck into any musical regression, songwriting-wise, but have progressed a tad further with some cool and rich ideas that they have managed to incorporate into their new material. Also, I found the material on Automaton a bit more aggressive by nature. For example, songs like the album's title track, "First Light" and "Photon" all sound very much bad to the bone, not leaving much room for a listener to take any deep breaths when the songs blow out of the speakers. The same pretty much apply for the fast-paced and nicely punky "Devolution". The last song, "Painful Dividend", sounds like Primus goes Death Metal, with some really crooked and unorthodox riffage.

Automaton is a successful and well-made follow-up record from this talented Bulgarian bunch, so by all means do check it out if you are constantly hungry for some progressive-tinged Death Metal.

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