Sometimes it seems that every single time we ever hear about a new band being formed anymore, it’s always a supergroup made of bands from the likes of either Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan, or some new project from Max Cavelera. But what about the supergroups we never hear of? What about the likes of bands such as Echelon? Never hear about them now do we? Well, no longer! Sit your ass down, kids.
The term of supergroup I feel hasn’t been misused in recent years, but more overused if anything. So when people listen to a handful of bands labeled as supergroups from all the major outlets and they end up not liking any, it sadly gives them a bad impression for any actual group that happens to be super. As Satan would have it, Echelon actually is a band that fits the word perfectly. Their blend of death metal that comes from reputable and smashing bands such as Paganizer, Bolt Thrower, and Ribspreader (to name a few) is something that the instant their upcoming record, “The Brimstone Aggrandizement”, drops people will immediately gravitate towards it in seconds. The eight declarations of evil and debauchery that are manifested within this album are easily irrefutable proof that Echelon knows exactly what their fucking doing as if there was any need for proof. It’s songs like “The Forbidden Industry” and the title track that really bring out how fetid the minds behind Echelon can get, and then it’s tracks like “Of Warlocks and Wolves” and “Plague of the Altruistic” that show the overwhelming levels of musicianship that Echelon has. Throw those two elements together and you have yourself a bubbling, acidic concoction that is the most poisonous poison, but it is ever so scrumptious to consume over and over again. Rarely does one come across something as infectious as “The Brimstone Aggrandizement” in a death metal format that doesn’t come from titans such as Cannibal Corpse or Morbid Angel, whom Echelon stand right beside in every way in my eyes. If that statement makes you doubtful of how accurate I am, then please, go listen to the album and investigate for yourself. I’ll be here when you’re done.
Given that “The Brimstone Aggrandizement” doesn’t bust out until damn near the very, very tail end of the year, any death metal fan will want to make this their final stop for awesomeness in 2016, no question about it. Echelon has created a mammoth album that will not be taken quietly, will not be received even remotely poor, and it sure as fuck won’t be the peak of the band’s infinite talent. Of that, I’m absolutely confident about.
“The Brimstone Aggrandizement” releases on December 22nd!
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