This year has already seen beastly album artwork of alien monster beings in the form of WITHIN DESTRUCTION’s D E A T H W I S H, but now we have another hellish creature waiting to be unleashed upon the world. EXOCRINE’s Molten Giant is a concept album about a nuclear war between a gigantic lava minster and the surviving human beings. Quite fitting for this deathly heat wave we’re having, this album is a slab of progressive technical death metal perfection. The French metallers have been snapped up by Unique Leader Records after catching the label’s eye on last year’s tour with OBSCURA and ARCHSPIRE in Japan and their two previous albums. This year should spell the year of the lava monster. With an abhorrent concept, the music needed to be monstrous to match and EXOCRINE have delivered an absolutely blistering and ferocious third offering.
EXOCRINE have a manifestly mammoth sound for Molten Giant and with opening track Scorched Human Society all the terror and violence tumbles out in an aural assault. Atmospheric and suffocatingly heavy, the technical influences are there with hints of NECROPHAGIST and OBSCURA rattling around while your lugholes are subjected to a progressive battering. Riff city with touches of NILE, it’s an opener that will decimate the senses. I think you get the idea now. From the first track you will be hooked, trust me.
Lead single Hayato has a fantastic oriental sounding intro and it erupts into a BEYOND CREATION type brawl. It has a glorious old school sound with fresh production, but the chops and changes throughout the song are incredible. The verse has a chaotic feel like THE BERZERKER or CARNIVAL IN COAL then the middle eight has a strong OPETH oomph to proceedings. The ending has a nice touch of piano before things start raging again with third track Backdraft. This tune is a proper stomper, with a magnificent groove running throughout. There are spacey elements, hints of dissonance and an uplifting ending which is quite unexpected.
The title track Molten Giant has a newer DECAPITATED vibe with some slam elements whereas Flamewalkers has more of a Spheres of Madness-era DECAPITATED stance. The riffs on this album are consistently phenomenal as well as the flawless drumming. The more ‘melodic’ moments truly shine and also emphasise the brutality of the EXOCRINE. I think Flamewalkers has it all; atmosphere, tension, technicality and savagery.
Lavaburst is another intense ball of insane fury but Behind The Wall provides a FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE/SEPTIC FLESH orchestral break to proceedings. Then before we know it we’ve reached the album finale The Shape of New World and it spells our untimely apocalypse. With a strong progressive leaning, it’s the ambition and drive of this song which makes it a suitable climax of such a punishing album. It has to be heard to be believed. Dramatic, colossal and unforgiving, The Shape of New World brings Molten Giant to an astonishing close. Say hello to your new favourite progressive tech-death band.