Scriv’s Favorite Albums of 2018: Anachronism, Orogeny

It’s high time I finished my 2018 favorites list (or at least the thorough reviews).

Every year, I try to get into a new style that pushes my appreciation of extreme music just a little bit further.  In 2017, I took a deeper dive into grindcore with some classic Napalm Death and Agoraphobic Nosebleed.  This past year, I attempted to grasp the appeal of the super-dissonant side of death metal.  Portal are probably the best known band in this style right now and are still well beyond me, but I think I’m more invested at wrapping my head around Gorguts at this juncture, as their melodic sensibilities are more pronounced and I’ve been a Colin Marston fan ever since I first heard “You Will Be Reincarnated As An Imperial Attack Space Turtle”.

That said, after 2018, I think Anachronism might have been the band I was looking for this whole year.  After hearing the first couple tracks of Orogeny, which I believe to be their second album, I was pretty sure Anachronism would be a great gateway into the thick, murky, dissonant ends of the death metal spectrum.  Orogeny ended up exceeding my expectations on every front and was one of the strongest albums I heard this year.  (Also before the cut I need to tell you that this album shares a name with the magic system in N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth Trilogy, which you absolutely must read if you’re up for some heavy-hitting fiction.)

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