Another surreal day in the mountains of Switzerland as I write about a new hot prospect in death metal. After spending my entire morning listening to their debut studio EP, “The First Offering,” on repeat, I no longer have any doubts about how professional and talented these gentlemen are.
First and foremost, “The First Offering” stands as one of the tightest death metal records I’ve encountered recently, earning my wholehearted respect. Allocer’s individual performances throughout this extreme sonic journey are nothing short of remarkable, serving as an impressive introduction to their musical venture. In this way, Allocer deserves the highest mark from me for their musical vision and execution.
Secondly, the album also stands out for its impeccable production, having similar qualities to the genre-leading bands some of us are familiar with. The Allocer sound unapologetically sets its foundation in the modern world of death metal where they sounded content and confident to me. In this way, their musical concept sounded familiar, reminding me of bands using modern production techniques and incorporating extreme metal influences such as The Black Dahlia Murder and Lorna Shore. Although their production strictly follows these genre-leading examples, their music showcases substantial potential for its precision, attitude, and tightness.
Furthermore, while the musical foundation has direct roots in death metal, the Australian gentlemen went further and explored the extreme territories of deathcore, blackcore, technical death, and black metal. The album incorporates these extreme influences seamlessly and professionally that we don’t get to hear very often from up-and-coming collectives. Although Allocer isn’t afraid to share their admiration for The Black Dahlia Murder, they weren’t only envisioning compositions with the finest pieces of their influencers, but also talented enough to execute it respectfully, altering the entire picture with their musicianship skills. “The First Offering” is a testament to Allocer’s technical prowess, showcasing the finest examples of monstrous guitars and machine-like drumming from the extreme metal world, accompanied by a fascinating vocalist with enough talent to take this band even further. Although he has outstanding performances throughout the album just like the rest of his team, it was thrilling to hearing the number of various extreme metal personalities he could deliver that made a standout.