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By Night
Burn the Flags (Lifeforce)

By: Mike SOS

Effectively sporting the technical prowess and metal mechanics of bands like Fear Factory and Meshuggah, By Night's latest album provides similar sheer sonic discomfort. Abrasive guitars like the ones found on "One and The Same" act as construction equipment, piledriving riffs into your head while the eerie tone of "Completed" suggests this Swedish quintet have heard its share of The Haunted and Earth Crisis. Looking for heavy? Check out the explosive double bass drumming on "Behind in Silence" for a clinical display of aggression, or the ferocious fretwork of the song's breakdown that leads into a hardcore sing-along that would make Snapcase proud. Ballistic and brazen, Burn the Flags is an unforgiving foray into the search for metal's technical ecstasy.
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