Like many bands astute enough to keep their ears to the ground (yet not imaginative enough to forge a unique identity), San Francisco's Acephalix clearly realized, as they readied their sophomore album, that the crustcore micro-movement they once championed had pretty much run its course (all musical trends being insanely ephemeral these days), and so 2012's Deathless Master sees them jumping on the old-school death metal hearse with all due enthusiasm. Shall we elaborate? Then here's a play-by-play of the album's first four songs: in quick succession, Acephalix bid adieu to those former crust allegiances on opener "Bastard Self"; accept the gospel of Entombed on the title track (its melodic bridge is a ringer for the Wolverine Blues album); wave a bloody appendage in salute to Suffocation with "Tomb of Our Fathers"; then embrace other titans of Swedish DM, such as Carnage, Grave, Dismember, et al. , with the chuggah-chuggah swing of "On Wings.
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