Review: Avocyn - A Triptych Descent[EP]

Hezekiah Rose
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Band: Avocyn

EP: A Triptych Descent

Genre: Symphonic Deathcore

Record label: Independent

Release date: June 11, 2021

EP length: 12 minutes 10 seconds

Track listing:

  1. Temptation 4:01

  2. Damnation 4:03

  3. Dispensation 4:06

With a William Blake-esque cover art and similarly named tracks, you can be sure that Avocyn is going to bring light to some pretty heavy religious and philosophical content. Avocyn is a one-man project, with the name a male version of Avacyn, meaning ‘Angel of Hope’.

Lyrically, the album explores the fall of man encapsulated in three key events: The original fall of man in the garden of Eden, the rise of giants through angel and human interaction as discussed in the Book of Enoch (one of the 14 books that were removed from the biblical canon prior to the currently accepted lineup), and the tower of Babel. To a degree, the lyric structure hints at a wider narrative that reaches beyond the written lyrics and builds into the concept album structure indicated by the title. The use of free verse with inconsistent rhyming supports the discontent built throughout the short release.

Sonically, the heavier end of things could be a little crisper. However, the production is tight with all tracks in sync. Temptation leads in with a blend of atmospheric choral and static. As the drums and bass build the tempo, a consistent undercurrent of a disruption using the left and right channels with a mix of lead guitar, dramatic pauses, and a mix of tempos builds. This isn’t your ordinary deathcore...Avocyn is here to unsettle. Damnation continues the theme with a melodic opening before the drums once again reign, with that beautifully utilized distorted guitar leading in the vocal growls. A delicate balance of fast and slow elements with some of the more extended growls similar in nature to Jason Wisdom in Becoming the Archetype days. Dispensation picks up on the lilting keynotes of the previous track, with an Eastern style choral and melodic overlay with heavier moments stepping us in gently, forcefully, to the finish. Moments of strings and choral pick up here and there throughout the track. A throwback to the unsettled opening of this EP.

Overall, a solid EP that doesn’t give time to settle in before the next moment of unrest. Heavy enough to satisfy those looking for solid growls, and atmospheric enough to possibly bring in fans not normally aligned with deathcore.

Rating: 9/10

Favorite tracks: Dispensation. From the lyrics calling out our (mankind’s) initial mistakes, through to the shifting pace that keeps the pulse high.