The Animation of Entomology
01. Ingesting Blattaria
02. Cretaceous Chasm
03. Vermicular Asphyxiation
04. A Sting Operation
As a rule, instrumental technical death metal is not something I dabble in too often. My tals were not raised broo, and as such I don’t often give it the time of day.
Enter Blotted Science, the mighty combination of Watchtower’s Ron Jarzombek, drummer Hannes Grossmann of Obscura and Cannibal Corpse bassist Alex Webster. With The Animation of Entomology, their second release, they’re created a complex web of exactly that, and have simultaneously pricked up my ears and made me wanted to hide under my duvet for the rest of time.
The band have been in the news a little bit lately. Earlier today it was announced that they would be releasing this EP in Europe through the wonderful Basick Records, and towards the tail end of last week they released a semi-unofficial video for the track “Cretaceous Chasm“, which was scored to a section of the 2005 remake of King Kong in which scores of gigantic bugs attack a small group of humans. They captured the sickening nature of this scene perfectly with Webster’s thrumming bass and Grossmann’s skittering guitar lines, which dance up and down the scales with crisp, insectile precision, and as a result the music and visuals are now firmly married in my head to the point that I can almost feel the giant weta on my back and the bloated worms eating my face. Great.
It really is great, though. Each of the four tracks has a unique identity, utilising each instrument expertly. “Ingesting Blattaria” leaps out of the gates at pace, displaying the entire band’s talent for writing riffs and drums at completely different paces, and intertwining them to create a track that requires several listens to fully appreciate just the main guitar, which changes at the drop of a pin.
With “Cretaceous Chasm” now effectively ruined for me (unless I quickly gather some money together for a therapist), the crown for favourite track has been taken by “Vermicular Asphyxiation“. I love absolutely everything about the intro, from the tones employed on the lead guitar to the way it duels with itself, and how the haunting bass sets up the atmospherics of the song and the way it eventually and ultimately winds down to finish on s similar note to its pulsing opening, which feels about twenty minutes later than it is. It’s hard to describe how much is really going on here; no two same sections are employed twice, and it’s a rush to keep up with. Because of this it’s also about the perfect length; any more and you’d be absolutely knackered by the end of it.
The Animation of Entomology could not have been released at a more perfect time of year. It’s absolutely creepy as all living fuck, but that’s kind of what you want in this season of goblins, ghouls, ghosts and giant creepy bugs. Blast this out of your window and only the hardiest trick-or-treater will dare to plunder your candy. An absolutely perfect start to your Halloween weekend.
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