If you’re looking for a more in-depth review of this album, check out what I wrote for Broken Amp here.
- Mark Poida – vocals
- Chris Cougan – guitar
- Jayden Mason – drums
- Kevin Butler – guitar
- Steve – bass
Xenocide Track Listing:
- Prismatic Abyss
- The Soulless Acolyte
- The Oracles of Existence
- Cynical Entity
- Stillborn Existence
- Cycles of Haruspex
Deathcore has the ability to entrance you upon first discovering its venomous brutality. Aversions Crown are another band from the golden shores of Australia – the land of Fosters seems to like its deathcore – and they do little to differentiate themselves from the pack. Xenocide is astoundingly brutal and occasionally staggering, but once you get to know the genre better it can all feel a little safe.
‘Prismatic Abyss’ is a fantastic track no matter your opinion on the genre however. Mark Poida’s vocals are aggressive and consistently powerful. The music, too, is often powerful. You are never given a moment’s peace when listening to Xenocide. It’s fast, uncompromising and always brutal, indeed, I gave the record a glowing endorsement in my original Broken Amp review:
The music has plenty to offer – for an album full of brutal riffs, double-bass pedals and vocals on the side of evil, there is plenty of musicality. It’s not particularly progressive stuff, but Chris Cougan’s guitar can float through a track as easily as it can crush it. His guitar playing suits the themes of the lyrics – the otherworldly nature that religion and space can conjure is captured with music that is as scary as it is technically accomplished. All band members perform admirably throughout Xenocide. The theme is so well thought out however that it falters in one element of execution – there is little difference from track to track. Each song is good, but you’ll have a hard time distinguishing many individual moments.
Xenocide is a good album. While it does little to distinguish itself from the rest of the deathcore pack, I feel that it is a step up compared to others I have heard. Xenocide seems fairly happy to scare and astound with its brutality than it does amaze with its technicality. It’s quite easy to listen to, but won’t set the world ablaze.
Xenocide is one of the best deathcore records I’ve heard, but the genre just isn’t all that interesting on repeat listens.