There is no other way to describe the sound of and new EP from industrial metallers Akarusa Yami, than a ravenous maelstrom of intent, imagination, and voracious aggression. “Trace Element Rebirth” is a release which will ignite the passions of some and devour the patience of others, but undoubtedly band and release leaves all marked and emotionally scarred by its creative savagery.
From Nottingham, UK, the sextet finds ferocity in sound and ideas which are as intriguing and instinctively magnetic as they are destructive and emotionally bludgeoning. Since forming in 2010 at the invention of guitarist Tom Clarke and vocalist Tom Brumpton, the band has created a hybrid fury of industrial and progressive metal complete with hardcore vocal rage and grooved metal persistence which has arguably divided opinion, certainly in regard to their new EP. With a line-up completed by guitarist Damian Lee, bassist Jake Bennett, drummer Adam Jones, and newest member Lee Dowling on keys, the band has already earned strong attention and growing recognition through singles, the “Ouroboros” EP of last year, and successful shows alongside bands such as Textures, The Ocean, Aliases, and at 2011 Bloodstock Festival. “Trace Element Rebirth” is their latest corruption of the senses, six tracks of venomous invention and corrosive intensity.
Opening tempest Life, ‘The Venomous Way’ is an immediate unpredictable and unrefined abrasion aurally and emotionally, its brawling vocals and uncompromising ever shifting sounds a gnawing rabid intensity upon the senses. The track seems to lack cohesion on the surface, something many will cast over the EP as a whole, but beneath the insidious surface there is a sharply crafted ingenuity at work, a sonic devil of invention which relishes in annihilatory consumption as it does imaginative experimentation. The following ‘Gottfried Raised My Hand’ is no different, a raptorial scourge ravaging far beyond the ear with heavily disguised sonic alchemy and limit pushing invention. The song offers slightly more accessibility to its intent and thoughts, its encounter holding a more integrated squall of abuse and mentally challenging confrontation.
Through ‘Heritage/Legacy’ and ‘The Sound Of A Dying Star’ the band expand their evocative progressive breath though both continue to test with their tenacious textures and malevolent violation of enterprise, the first fusing incessant Meshuggah like predaceous metal to a discord drifting wash of progressive entrapment and the second an industrial embrace which turns into a web of brutality and melodic elegance. Both songs capture the imagination but fall at the hurdle of passion sparking due to the unimpressive clean vocals employed which fail almost spectacularly against the violent harsh assault of voice elsewhere. It is a shame as this one aspect prevents the release from garnering an unbridled recommendation.
Completed by ‘Incognito Unaware’ and ‘A Simple Decision’, two songs which hold a similar stance in hunger and viciousness to make the most compelling late persuasion, the April 1st released EP is a fully satisfying and riveting divisive onslaught which could have been even better.