On Infrared Horizon, Artificial Brain's followup to their 2014 debut full-length, Labyrinth Constellation, the Long Island, NY sci-fi tech-death metallers continue to build upon the sound and ideas featured on their first release. In addition to the thought-provoking cosmic themes, Infrared Horizon contains pummelling blast beats, dizzying rhythms and complex song structures, as well as layers of Gorguts-esque atmospheric tone.
The ten-track album is relentlessly visceral and intense throughout, and executed with precise, inhuman musicianship. Artificial Brain present the perfect balance of bizarre dissonance, harsh brutality and haunting melodies. Tracks like opener "Floating in Delirium" and "Static Shattering" feature sheer aggression and brute force, which contrast with experimental touches such as incongruous harmonies and odd time signatures.
Deep, guttural vocals bring Infrared Horizon even further into dark, sinister realms, and are most powerful on the slower, more avant-garde title-track. With production by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia, Krallice), Infrared Horizon also emanates a distinctly raw quality and blackened tinge, highlighted particularly on "Mist Like Mercury" and "Ash Eclipse." (Profound Lore)