Severance is dominated by incredible sounding guitar work. Heart of a Coward have removed almost all tonality from their riffs, giving the staccatoed thuds a mechanical quality that TesseracT employ so well. Given that TesseracT’s Acle Kahney was present at the recording of these parts it seems unsurprising that the band have absorbed this into their new album. The music, however, is all their own. Ten seconds into opener ‘Monstro’ and the crisp monotone of that guitar sound, complete with minimalist finish, opens into a pummelling riff that instantly gives away the band’s deference to tech and the stunted groove of metalcore.