Roel de Haan : ‘Liquid Anatomy’ is the long awaited second full-length of the German progressive death metal outfit Alkaloid. With (former) key members of Obscura, Dark Fortress and Aborted amongst other quite established groups, we can truly speak of an all-star band in the case of Alkaloid.
Their first album ‘The Malkuth Grimoire’ instantly gained them a serious reputation within the progressive death metal scene and this ‘Liquid Anatomy’ has some big shoes to fill. Luckily I can report that there hasn’t been a lapse in quality whatsoever. Alkaloid’s big attraction and quality was and is their ability to combine highly technical wizardry with gripping and headbangable grooves and progressive elements. On ‘Liquid Anatomy’ there is significantly more room for the good old groove, often reminding me of Moribid Angel, but there is also more room for clean singing alongside the grunting. A task that Morean carries out with verve. Of course, with such a line-up there is bound to be many complex musical ideas on display and ‘Liquid Anatomy’ offers this in spades. Jazzy guitarsolos, shredding, a-typical drumming and an overall sense of progressive virtuosity which permeates every aspect (including the more straightforward ones and brutal blasts) of the album. More diverse, more approachable, more progressive and still retaining the unique Alkaloid sound. Fans of technical and progressive death metal have no excuse: ‘Liquid Anatomy’ is a mandatory record.