Qrixkuor - Poison Palinopsia (2021)


In recent years, some bands have been taking Death Metal into very creepy and cavernous territories. Today we have Qrixkuor and their debut release “Poison Palinopsia” which follows that eerie path into aural madness for over 48 minutes. Featuring two tracks that evenly split the album’s running time, the listener is taken into a decadent journey that is both disturbing and highly dissonant. If you want to feel like you are trapped in a downward spiral towards hell, this album is just what you need.

Opening with the cavernous atmospherics of “Serpentine Susurrus - Mother's Abomination”, the release quickly escalates with piercing guitar riffs and hellish vocals. The tempo feels a bit slower than usual, but still reminiscent of the slower tracks of bands like Centinex and Grave, while throwing in some of the savagery of Grave Miasma and Mitochondrion. While one would expect that a 20-plus minute Death Metal track would get old, it is actually quite the opposite as these songs feel fresh and go by super quickly, thanks to all its crafty tempo changes and punishing elements.

Starting off a bit doomier, “Recrudescent Malevolence - Mother's Illumination”, continues the ravaging ordeal with the addition of more atmospheric and sweeping guitar leads. By the time the song nears its end, the listener is totally immersed into Qrixkuor’s madness thanks to a very hellish cinematic feeling. Overall, “Poison Palinopsia” is a brutal release that needs more than a few spins to fully unravel and deliver its foul secrest. If you like tense, enmigatic, and yet brutal music, look no further.

Band: Qrixkuor Album: Poison Palinopsia

Label: Dark Descent Records

Release: August 13th, 2021

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Genre: Death Metal

Country: UK

Rating: 93/100

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