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Review: Pronostic – An Atomic Delusion

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Canadian melo-death outfit Pronostic have recently released their first full-length album called An Atomic Decision. Pronostic creates a unique blend of melodic death metal, prog, and even a ‘core sound to bring us the 11 track slayer An Atomic Decision. Head to their Facebook and Bandcamp pages!

Beings that Pronostic combine elements of a couple genres, it kind of goes without saying that there is a lot of technical ability flaunted throughout the album. The solos tend to be either shreddy or melodic or both. The solos can take you to a totally different plane, as seen on “Useless Wait,” or keep it mildly tame like on “Pay to See the Day.” The genre crossovers manifest well on the drums, so shout out to Nicholas Wells for being a really solid drummer.

I’m gonna go out of order and talk about “Useless Wait” first. There are several main riffs that are either Amon Amarth kind of melodic or Terracide kind of melodic. Even though the bass volume is really low, it does provide a solid low frequency during the song, which is supported by the drums. “Useless Wait” has a steady melo-death thing going until the solo. The solo takes it from being one thing to like a Buckethead kind of shredding solo then back down to ending, which is just like the verses. I’m not usually into solos that extravagant, but this one is pretty rad.

Speaking of going off tangent for a bit…observe “Tormented Soul.” This song really goes from one sound to another. It starts off sounding a bit like Necrophagist, then tones down a little tiny bit and then the bridge comes. There is some building up to this bridge: a lead with some long notes takes over while the drums and rhythm guitar stay connected (same thing with “Derived Conscience” in the last 2 minutes). After this one point in “Tormented Soul” a ton of new things are introduced. Things get a speed metal take before a breakdown (I wasn’t expecting it either) which leads into a sick solo. Oh how things have changed during “Tormented Soul.”

“Becik” is another song that goes all over the place. Things are definitely kept interesting in “Becik” because of how it goes from boom to bam to bing and back to boom. It’ll have this groove going (boom), get really technical and/or fast (bam), simmer down (bing), then go back to a groove. There are a ton of technical moments on this track that flow well into each other.

“What Plagues Us” has a Feared undertone to it, but with drumming that’s more involved and lows reminiscent of Avulsed. There’s a really cool part about 2 minutes in that starts really light, gets crazy with sporadic tapping and snare hits, then leads to an ending that builds up over the last minute.

A hint of Necrophagist is also on “Pay to See the Day.” The way the mildly low riffs with occasional high noted leads and fast drumming are what give it that Necrophagist sound. The whole song isn’t like that, but it’s one of the main grooves here. There are several times where “Pay to See the Day” change up significantly, but it goes back to the general sound heard from the beginning. I appreciate the prominence of the bass towards the end of this track, it is rather calming.

I don’t have much to say about it, but “Reality” is one of my favorite songs from An Atomic Decision. It has a Shadows Fall (kind of, don’t know why) meets Prosper or Perish meets Terracide. It all comes together pretty well and there plenty of technicality to keep you happy.

“Passing Through the Afterlife” ends the album on a sound quite unlike any of the other songs. It has a Threat Signal-like beginning then it gets really soft and mellow while a guitarist solos away. This part doesn’t sound “metal” but more like a ballad. It doesn’t last too long before it adds drums and more guitar work.

I really enjoyed An Atomic Decision. This album has so much to offer and it was all done well. The guitars’ tones were both really clear and had just the right sting to them. The higher notes cut through without piercing my ears or sounding tinny or anything like that. The cymbals and drums came in really clear too. There’s no way this album will bore you, there’s just too much going on and too much talent to be bored. I recommend the songs “An Atomic Decision”, “Tormented Soul”, and “Reality.”

Rate: 9.1/10

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