Insurrection Prototype

Insurrection Prototype
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Quebec death metallers Insurrection are back with their third full-length, Prototype, which was crowd-funded by fans who purchased the album in advance. Following 2010's Fracture, the new record was produced by Topon Das (Fuck the Facts) and continues down the same path of groove-based death metal, with a few technical flourishes. Head-banging, crushing riffs are the name of the game throughout Prototype, starting with the aptly titled "Abattoir," which slashes and chops its way through speedy, thrash-esque rhythms and machine-gun drums. "The Chronophobes" adds some technical twists, as well as a more unpredictable structure, while highlight "Checkmate" balances intense grooves and an abundance of fierce, grimy riffs. The album features lyrics in both French and English, adding more interest to the vocals, which range from deep gutturals to high-pitched shrieks. While Prototype could be slightly more technical in certain sections to add contrast, it's a well-executed, strong release. (Galy)