Berto : Apocrophex is a death metal project of two guys who just want to make music and do not want a lot of fuss dealing with the side effects. Justin Buell and Pete D. have made an excellent technical death metal album with their previous release 'Suspended From The Cosmic Altar', in which technology went hand in hand with atmosphere and groove. On their new album 'Aeternalis' they have continued along that line and they have refined their sound even further.
Still it is technical death metal with fierce, tight riffs and the ever-present groove, but the sound is extended with a progressive touch, sometimes a different guitar sound and certainly a more grown-up voice from Justin Buell, which is reflected in the varied use of his vocal chords. There is a rather dark atmosphere about the album, but it is difficult to find the cause of this directly. Probably it is the combination of the low voice of Buell in combination with the low tuned guitars. And even more important, the concept has been deepened and extended with influences from black metal, which gives the album's theme, namely the enormous amount of mystical stone structures that are scattered all over the earth, an even darker edge. It does not make much sense to pick out specific songs, because it is typically an album that should be listened to in 1 go. Technical death metal with a lot of depth, both musically and lyrically, which you do not often hear nowadays. Therefore a must.