Sound — 8
ATYS open their second CD release with the seemingly grand Epicurean. Starting off with strings and drums, the intro gets you set for an epic song, which also reflects other points in the EP. This first track has to be one of the best from this outing, with twin guitar riffs galore and constantly changing styles (starting with the strings, moving onto death metal, ending acoustically - and it's pretty cleverly done if you ask me), fans won't have much to complain about. Drastic Oversleep is the next track to hit you, consisting mainly of fast drums, more twin guitar riffs and deep vocals. In the metal world, this track and the succeeding track, Eternal Tree (to which you cannot really hear the transition as they are extremely alike in some ways), would probably be pure gold but probably because I'm not a metal fan, they don't appeal to me as much as some of the others do. The second best track on here has to be the next one, Une Etoile Incandescentei. There are no drums on here, just guitar, strings, maybe bass (I can't hear it properly, but I think it's there) and real life sounds (wind, rain etc.), and whispered vocals on top of that. The track is very soft which is probably why I like it. Another full on metal track follows this (A Fury Named Spartan). By metal standards, it's genius, but by general music standards, it's wouldn't suit too many people's tastes, the same applies for the final track, Betrayed Flavour. The final track however, has to be the best of the four strictly metal tracks. Also speaking by metal standards, all the instruments are very well played and all the songs are well composed. Around half of the album sounds very samey, to say the least, but like I said, it's probably pure gold in the metal world.
Lyrics — 5
There's not much to say about the vocals in this type of music. There isn't much melody involved, so I can't rate that, and is basically typical death metal vocals. The lyrics fit this style of music very well, but don't seem to show an awful lot of consideration. There are some nice points with harmony vocals cropping up here and there. Other than that, I can't really express many other comments.
Overall Impression — 8
I've not heard any of this band's work before. Like I said again and again, it's not the sort of thing I'd personally go out and buy, so some of my comments will have been pretty biased, but they're worth checking out if you're into the Swiss death metal scene. Also, if you're a fan of Vladimir Cochet's production work, you'll probably like this. I must admit, he seems to be a pretty talented producer when it comes to this music. He's done a good job with this.