Review: Deconstructing Sequence – Access Code (EP)

Location: Taunton, England
Genre: Progressive Black/Death Metal
Released: August 12, 2014
Format Reviewed: MP3 (320 kbps)
Feature: Global Conquest – Upcoming releases

By: Kris Kotlarik

How many of you know Ne Obliviscaris? You know, the Australian progressive death metal band which destroyed that country’s all-time crowdfunding record? Meet their similar, yet very different, counterparts, Deconstructing Sequence.

Following the breakup of Poland’s Northwail, two members from that group, Morph and Tiberius, formed this band. Access Code is their second EP, which follows the 2013 release Year One. This EP isn’t a Ne Obliviscaris clone; it’s more conventional in the sense that there are no orchestral elements to it. The vocals are another point of interest; in addition to some growling, there are samples, and at least one of the singers provides spoken and/or clean vocals. The lyrics revolve around a broad theme of outer space, which the band says is a metaphor for self-discovery. As for the rest of the instrumentation, this is every bit as proggy (and fantastic) as Portal Of I.

Access Code contains just two songs, but they average eight minutes apiece. “A Habitable World Is Found” is a great song which features a smorgasbord of prog excess. The section following the first verse, with clean vocals and a blistering guitar riff, is the most memorable fifteen seconds of the EP. A lengthy instrumental section which occupies a large portion of the track (with synth!) is also exceptional.

“We Have The Access Code” begins with a battering string of triplet blast beats, one of the more upfront displays of brilliance by an otherwise subtly spectacular session drummer, J. Nerexo. At about the 2:30 mark, it slows down into something of a meditative vibe before slamming the gas pedal, kicking into a high octane black metal riff. From start to finish, this track is an absolute highlight.

If EPs qualified for my end-of-year album rankings, this would unquestionably make the cut. In fact, a full-length album of this caliber would make the all-time favorites series.

Overall: I will be looking forward to see what Deconstructing Sequence can do with a full-length album. If this is any indication, it will be among that year’s best releases. 

Rating: 4.0*

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