Technical death metal, when played well, can sound absolutely devastating – as proven by the likes of Meshuggah and Gojira, who are simply way ahead of the pack when it comes to smashing out crushing waves of mind-bending brutality. In fact, those two bands are a good starting point when it comes to this, the new album from returning French quintet, Pitbulls In The Nursery.

Disappearing from the face of the earth about 6 years ago following one independently released album, Lunatic, the band are back and are back with a brutal bang in the form of their new nine-track offering, Equanimity. As I pointed out in my intro, if you’re looking for reference points when it comes to the sound, there is no better place to start than with the sounds of Meshuggah and Gojira. Equanimity will have technical death metal fans in absolute heaven.

From the spasming guitar work to the blasts of kick drums, PITN have really got their creative juices back and flowing freely. With only two tracks clocking in at under five minutes, the likes of “Crawling” and “Conspiracy” are dished out with clinical, sense-mashing ferocity. Furthermore, for all the ferocity that the French quintet build their sound around, the use of melodies on tracks like “Reality” really adds another dimension to this album and pushes it into the box marked “very special indeed”.

So, it may have been almost six years since the world has heard anything from this French outfit but, as you can hear on Equanimity, the quintet are back. The big question is whether or not too much time has passed for the band to really stand any chance of taking the technical death metal crown from Gojira? On the evidence of Equanimity, there is definitely no reason why they can’t give it a damn good try.

Track Listing:

01. Crawling
02. Rule The Plight
03. The Oath
04. Reality
05. Interlude
06. Insiders
07. Conspiracy
08. Soul Bones
09. Your Dream’s Not Mine

Run Time: 57:38
Release Date: May 4, 2015

Check out the song “Insiders” here.

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