Following two well-received albums, French metallers A.C.O.D have reinforced their impressive presence with another accomplished release in the tidy shape of the Another Path… EP. Consisting of five tracks which blend various styles and essences into its melody driven rapacity, the release without igniting an intensive fire in the belly leaves ears and emotions healthily satisfied.
Formed in 2006, the Marseille sextet first drew a wide attention with debut album Point Zero in 2009 backed even more potently by its successor First Earth Poison two years later. Earning a strong live reputation at home the band also found strong support across Italy and Japan. The new Shawter (Dagoba) produced EP pushes the stature and sound of A.C.O.D to a level that you suspect will lead the band to a new strength and expanse of support and recognition.
The release opens with its title track and needs little encouragement to unleash a persuasive torrent of riffs and grinding grooves amidst a commanding rhythmic coaxing. It is a concentrated tempest on the ear but soon discovers a new ferocity which floods the senses with thrash bred hostility and blackened predation. The vocals bring a potent and varied causticity to the adventure too, the twin vocal assault as distinct as they are united in their abrasing narrative. The track continues to flare up with unpredictable twists and inventive colour though its core drive remains in control until it makes way for the following Black Wings. The track continues the immense start with its own enthralling offering, riffs and rhythms again consuming ears in a fierce mesh of intent and enterprise. Hooks and melodies again stir up the imagination within the turbulence of the song, essences of progressive and technical metal as impacting as the antagonistic passion of the track. There is an undefined spark missing to the track to leave it paler against its predecessor, something which in many ways applies to the EP, but it still ignites a keener appetite and impressed reaction for its fiery proposition.
Unleash The Fools steps up next, its immediate intimidation reminding a little of Killswitch Engage. There is a similarity to the previous track in its insurgent riffing and threatening rhythmic attack but soon unveils a richer vein of emotive melodic and sonic expression. The cleaner growled vocals on the song are a little unconvincing for the first time on the release but swiftly excused thanks to the strength of the pure clean delivery within a graceful and provocative melodic detour. Again it is a song which arguably should impress more than it does such the skill and imagination within in, but nevertheless leaves satisfaction full for next up Abuse Me to run with. That it does skilfully with an instantaneous stride of hostile intent within a predatory merger of rhythms and guitar. The darker toned vocals equally menace thoughts as the track with its turbulent and gripping drama returns the release to its opening plateau of adventure and creative enticement.
Another Path… is brought to a thunderous conclusion by Words of War. Its initially heavy footed stalking gait subsequently entwined with a more urgent thrash seeded scourge of riffs and rhythmic intensity to which vocals add their venomous syllables and spiteful passion. The track took longer to persuade than others on the release but emerged with its discord kissed sonic bait and pleasingly niggling riffery as another striking highlight.
A.C.O.D has a sound which is refreshingly hard to pigeonhole, think of a style and there is probably a potent whiff of it in the superbly crafted passion driven songs within the EP. As said Another Path… is not an encounter to really set metal ablaze but certainly it gives it a flavoursome proposition to eagerly devour.
The Another Path… EP is available now!
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