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Appearing at the end of 2014 as a self-released digital-only title, Dimesland’s Psychogenic Atrophy was met with little fanfare, yet made an immediate and powerful impression upon those who heard it. Described by Invisible Oranges as a “sonic nightmare of thrash... that blends instrumental ability with the progressive stabs of Dimension Hatross-era Voivod....” and landing on numerous end-of-year best-of lists, Psychogenic Atrophy flattened just about everyone who encountered it. With members of art rock legends The Residents’ touring band and blackened prog-doom ensemble Wild Hunt among their ranks, Dimesland released the promising Creepmoon EP a couple of years prior on Vendlus, but even that only hinted at how maniacal the band’s sound was to become. The eight songs here combine dizzying musical complexity and fearsome dissonance with off-kilter thrash. The confounding and complicated arrangements and demented riffing recall the likes of Watchtower, Coroner and Atheist, but this is darker, weightier, more sinister stuff. The band hurtles through the jagged arrangements of songs like “Institutional Gears” and “Xenolith” with an almost No Wave-informed abrasiveness, elsewhere sprawling out into well-crafted sequences of abstract, unearthly ambience and forbidding, hallucinatory industrial noisescapes. Violent, discordant riffs are folded around psychotic time signature changes, then suddenly expand into passages of moody, doom-laden darkness. And these guys have some serious chops. But Psychogenic Atrophy is heavily layered, each listen revealing added details and degrees of delirium. Crucial Blast was so blown away by this album that the label wanted to make it available as a physical release, reissuing Psychogenic Atrophy on CD with subtly unnerving cover art from Swiss photographer and performance artist Chantal Michel. It cannot be recommended enough if you’re a fan of avant-garde death metal and progressive thrash, as Dimesland have produced a work of challenging, terrifying extreme metal that stands amongst the more unconventional likes of Gorguts, Cynic, Confessor and Voivod.