Featuring all of the brutality, technical flourishes and heaviest of breakdowns that Despised Icon are known for, the aptly titled album crushes throughout. "The Aftermath" starts things off with raging speed and visceral aggression, including the iconic dual vocal delivery from Alex Erian and Steve Marois, which is as intense as ever. Tracks like "Inner Demons" and "Drapeau Noir" exhibit the band's technical prowess, while "Bad Vibes" and "Grind Forever" showcase relentlessly vicious, slamming grooves.
Combining the fundamental deathcore elements from their roots with the more modern approach heard on 2009's Day of Mourning, Beast lives up to Despised Icon's revered past releases while revitalizing what has become an arguably stagnant and prosaic sub-genre. (Nuclear Blast)