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Scalpel: Methods To Delusion

New England progressive death metal outfit Scalpel return some four years after their Sorrow And Skin debut outing. This time they are touting a conceptual based offering revealing paranoid delusions and violent hallucinations in order to tie everything together. It's a perfect fit for an uncompromisingly brutal and breakneck outpouring of anguish and pain. There's no messing here, no beating about the bush. Probably because Scalpel would have already burned the bush and danced on the cinders as they torture their instruments in a manner that suggests they're barely in control of what's going on. In reality this band are masters of their own destiny, only capable of making it all sound so loose, because they are so unbelievably tight.

Of the eleven tracks only "Interlude" even considers pulling things back from the edge, the opportunity to take breath mid-album offered through a crackle of vinyl, insanely unnerving howl and off kilter acoustic strumming. It's as though Scalpel replaced the need to get up and flip a record with a short wordless horror story. The battalion charge of the album's title track picking up where things left off as a stampede of kick drums tumble straight through your head and a controlled growl gleefully laps up the remains.

This is a short blast, hammering into your brain in just under 30 minutes, but the impression it makes lasts for far longer and really does suggest that Scalpel have the cutting edge and ability to create something truly special. Methods Of Delusion may not quite hit those heady heights, but it really doesn't fall short of that accolade by much at all.

Track Listing
1. The Cleaner
2. Labors of Loathing
3. The Stink
4. Feeding the Worm
5. Interdelude
6. Methods to Delusion
7. The Woodsman Part II
8. Brooding in the Gloom
9. Lung Butter
10. Intensified Festering

Added: December 26th 2017
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Methods To Delusion on bandcamp
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Language: english

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