Fifth Ring are an international band with members from Taiwan and the United States that plays a blackened from of deathcore with some elements of progressive death metal and this is a review of their 2022 album "Masochist".
A very powerful sounding bass guitar starts off the album along with some heavier and brutal guitar riffing a few seconds later. Vocals are a mixture of black metal screams and death metal growls while the mid tempo sections of the songs also add in a decent amount of deathcore elements and when the music speeds up a lot of brutal blast beats can be heard.
A small amount of melody is also added into some of the guitar riffing while the music also gets very progressive sounding at times. Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the vocals also having their guttural moments as well as one song also adding in a brief use of keyboards.
Wrestling samples can also be heard briefly along with one track also introduces clear vocals into the music and whispers and spoken word parts can also be heard on a coup-le of songs and as the recording progresses. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover darkness and violence themes.
In my opinion Fifth Ring are a very great sounding deathcore band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Ten Horns" "Head On A Pike" "Maggot King" and "Lurking In The Open Wound". 8 out of 10.
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