Today is a battle of heartstrings. Gorguts' Pleiades Dust plays to one's sense of fear, specifically of The Other. Their formula of alien tech death precision has been steadily improving over the years, and on this EP it's honest to its finest point yet. But while Norma Jean's Polar Similar tucks in closer to familiar territory with all the accuracy of a Scud, it inflicts its heavy damage in the name of ruination, decay, and all things gone wrong. Norma Jean are just relentlessly gutwrenching here, with a veracity that Gorguts can't touch. Norma Jean advances to the Quarterfinals. But do they have what it takes to dethrone Meshuggah?
Come back next week, for the second half of the Round Of 16, starting with two unusual but excellent albums from Ihsahn and Oranssi Pazuzu.