Suffering Jesus / Metalbolic - 2008 - USA
For two guys who just happened to play music by accident (guitarist Juan Garcia left his native Colombia for the US, thereby meeting brains-of-the-band Corey Richards), Cosmic Atrophys Codex Incubo proves an imaginative reinvention of death metal thats so far-removed from the norm, it will likely leave many jaws hanging slack. Where most cookie cutter bands fill their cookie cutter albums to the brim with scorching blastbeats and throaty vocals, Cosmic Atrophys unique take on extreme metal involves this chilling atmosphere and imaginative concepts whose origins lie in the vastness of space. While songs like Prelude to Phantasmagoria and the grooving Shattering of Terrestrial reality are filling the listeners mind with the specter of unspeakable evil, imagining UFOs, flying saucers, Leonard Nimoy from Start Trek, and the soundtrack to The Twilight Zone helps sooth the unease
Even better, amidst Cosmic Atrophys musical landscape, the two hombres behind this project find the time to include touches of complexity here and there. Perhaps a lone bass noodle, a subtle guitar solo, creepy sound effects
Every tiny detail conspires to grab the listeners imagination in the vice like grip of such awesome tracks as the epic Cydonic Adulations or the suspenseful Doomed By the Cancer Domus. Perfecting its predecessors attempts at conveying the strange, The Granfalloon arrives in a frightening gaggle of grumbles from icy voices then shifts to an intrepid melody that spins toward a surprising finish. Its mood is so pervasive, so heavy, a much-deserved sigh of relief would greet its ending. Once Adrift In the Lifeless Sea of Black is a minute deep into its running time the listener can relax from knowing its the tail end of one weird trip.
Codex Incubo is an album worth checking out for those unafraid to broaden their death metal palette. The word on the grapevine is the Cosmic Atrophy lads are working on a follow up thatll be released soon. In the meantime, the world can taste this cold musical dish of their creation.