Flashes of Potentialities
A Reality to Foreclose
Having established themselves with 2015's Boundaries of Reality EP and 2017's acclaimed Engram of Decline full-length, Fractal Universe released their sophomore album, Rhizomes of Insanity, in April 2019 via Metal Blade Records.
Once again, it hits as hard intellectually as it does sonically, affirming the French quartet's place on the progressive death metal map."'Rhizomes of Insanity' is a concept album based on a thought experiment around the concept of insanity," asserts vocalist/guitarist Vince Wilquin. "It questions the origins of it, and tries to define where we set its boundaries with 'reason'. It eventually questions its place in our modern society and surmises that it has turned into an intrinsic, unavoidable but also necessary part of it and of every human being, which we're trying to repress at all costs."
From start to finish, the album is an immersive, complex yet wholly accessible collection rich in melody, invention, and packed with decimating riffs - wielding ten tracks, all of which hit their mark.