Syracuse, NY-based death metal act Ecliptic Vision offer up four solid tracks on their new EP, titled Omphalos of the Void. The followup to their 2016 debut album, Dissimilar Dimensions, the EP showcases Obituary-style crushing brutality coupled with Meshuggah-esque groove.
It's heavy and relentless throughout, starting with "Consumed by Fire," which opens with an ominous intro before crushing, powerful riffs and pummelling drum blasts kick in; "Aberration" incorporates intricate melodies and complex leads. The release features impressive range, particularly in the vocals, from low guttural growls to high black metal-tinged shrieks. Ecliptic Vision also employ a variety of song structures and time signatures, but the composition is especially outstanding on "Rage Ablaze," which never falls into the realm of predictability. "Crimson River" maintains a more simplistic structure, yet the result is equally vicious.
Omphalos of the Void is smartly written and well-executed, comprising four crushing tracks that contain just enough technicality to keep it interesting. It's a strong release that displays a band with plenty of promise. (Independent)