Riddle me this. How the hell am I only now hearing about Sensory Amusia? Surely the fault lies with me, though I could argue that the band is from beyond the iron curtain that is Western Australia. This is a band that deserves to be headlining across Australia – they’re all class and have produced such a polished album in Breed Death. Hailing from Perth, Sensory Amusia is Shaun Maloney on guitars, Joel Parkyn on bass, Jei Doublerice on vocals, and Kevin Paradis on drums. They were formed in 2010 and their latest offering, Breed Death is due for release May 27 2022, on Lacerated Enemy Records.
There’s a technical groove that runs through this album that many others in the Death Metal scene can’t replicate. It demonstrates the musical proficiency of the band in that they’re capable of more than just blind brutality. I think it’s human nature to compare the way music sounds with other musicians and I get Cattle Decapitation and Thy Art Is Murder vibes – both leaders in their respective genres and Sensory Amusia should be proud of those comparisons.
Sensory Amusia gets straight down to business with the opening track, Birth Through Violence. When I say straight down to business, there is no gentle intro. Only brutality. At just shy of 1 minute, it is also the shortest album on the track and sets the scene for things to come.
The stand-out track for me is Parasitic Alteration which commences with this amazing beat that is IMPOSSIBLE not to headbang to. The pace of the intro continues throughout the song and I can just imagine how good this will sound life! Hint: Sensory Amusia it’s time to tour the east coast!
I also really enjoyed Yersinia Pestis which demonstrates Jei’s vocal abilities, effortlessly switching from deep guttural growls to black-metal-esque highs. It’s a progressively complex track with incredible drum beats throughout in a clear demonstration that Sensory Amusia is more than just a run-of-the-mill death metal band.
Vermin is the final newsworthy track that gave me Suicidal Tendencies vibes, particularly through the intro, with the song finishing with this haunting bell toll. This song feels like single material, and I’d recommend anyone who’s wanting a taste of the album start with this track.
I’ve really enjoyed Sensory Amusia’s latest offering with Breed Death. It’s been on regular rotation for a week now and it only gets better with repeated listening to really appreciate the complexity. I expect big things from these guys.
- Birth Through Violence
- Yersinia Pestis
- Parasitic Alteration
- Vulgar Thoughts of Carnage
- Bind, Torture, Kill
- A Blank Canvas Of Flesh
- Breed Death
Sensory Amusia: Facebook
Release Year: 2022
Label: Lacerated Enemy Records
Reviewed by Phil Bergersen