Picking up where last year’s breakthrough, 'Elite,' left off, this Massachusetts band delivers crushing deathcore that takes chances and sometimes succeeds. On songs like “Gods Amongst Men” and “Clockwork,” the group blasts through material that’s both dynamic and hummable. At times, the crazy, staccato arrangements that the band whips up are a wonder to behold. At other times, however, its challenging instrumentation can be a challenge to listen to. But while 'Phenomena' isn’t phenomenal, it is dynamic deathcore that does manage to delight. JEFF PERLAH
Check out “God Amongst Men” from 'Phenomena.'