Sjak : In 2016 this from Bordeaux hailing French technical death metal band surprised me in quite a positive way with their debut album ‘Unreal Existence’, which is now fairly quickly followed by this ‘Ascension’ record. Also on this second album Exocrine is playing very brutal, quite technical, death metal with the necessary modern influences and that again accounts for a very enjoyable record. This time they have created somewhat more space for synthesizer parts, which gives the music a bit of a science fiction character. It might seem a bit strange to use synthesizers within a death metal tune, but after some habituation it proves to be an enrichment of the song material.
Both guitar players Nicholas La Rosa and Sylvain Octor-Perez are firing lots of brutal, but varied riffs from their instruments, which provides shouter Jordy Bessy a great foundation to showcase his rough vocal parts. In my opinion that combination delivers the best songs in the form of ‘Alpha’, ‘Eternal Solitude’ and ‘Garden Of Flesh’, but the band is displaying quite a consistent quality level on this ‘Ascension’. Exocrine is definitely an interesting band for the death metal maniacs, because they try to go places that haven’t been visited before and as such they have definitely been able to uplift my interest for the genre again….