Can one ever get enough metal? I don’t think so. This is why we’re back with another Short Sharp Shock full of metallic fun to satiate your many desires…
Band(s): Iron Reagan/Gatecreeper
Style(s): Crossover/Death Metal
Duration: 18 minutes
Release date: March 2, 2018
This particular split has already been reviewed on this site, (see here), so I won’t say too much about it other than that it’s a great showcase for both bands. Although quite different in style and temperament, they don’t sound as mismatched as you might expect. This is a very enjoyable way to spend 18 minutes, and a great way to kick off this edition of Short Sharp Shock.
Duration: 18 minutes
Release date: March 9, 2018
Here’s a band that doesn’t take very kindly to genre restrictions. More than most, Dreamarcher do what the Hell they like with their music, which is always great to hear. This is an eclectic mix of styles; it loosely falls into post-hardcore/post-metal territories, but the band’s musical explorations range quite widely. They’re jazz-trained musicians, which probably explains in part their atypical approach to their music, but ultimately this is an enjoyably non-standard foray into emotive intensity, one which I heartily recommend you check out. It may not be your cup of tea, of course, but this is an EP worth listening to in its entirety to find out.
Band(s): Dark Buddha Rising
Style(s): Psychedelic Doom
Duration: 26 minutes
Release date: March 23, 2018
If dark, droning, psychedelic doom is your thing, then I can heartily recommend you check out Dark Buddha Rising. This latest EP of theirs is full of the kind of esoteric, repetitive doom that’s so easy to lose yourself in. If you mix together elements of Ufomammut, Neurosis, and Khanate, and add in a pinch of Eastern influences, then you’ll have an idea of where this Finnish band are coming from. A highly compelling and absorbing release.
Band(s): Rebel Wizard
Title: Great Addictions to Blindingly Dark, Worldly Life
Style(s): Blackened Heavy Metal
Duration: 16 minutes
Release date: February 16, 2018
This is spiky raw black metal, but with plenty of character and personality due to its thrash and NWOBHM influences. Offering underground savagery, atmospheric depth, heavy metal riffs, and storming thrash assault, this is a surprisingly varied listen for such a short release. The one-man band that is Rebel Wizard ably demonstrates once again why this is a project that’s so highly rated by many.
Band(s): Eye of Solitude/Marche Funèbre
Duration: 30 minutes
Release date: February 22, 2018
We’ll end this Short Sharp Shock with the monolithic doom of Eye of Solitude and Marche Funèbre. Both bands offer crushing, mournful music, and do so in similar, but different, ways. Eye of Solitude play glacially slow funeral doom, while Marche Funèbre’s sorrowful offering leans more to the atmospheric death/doom style, with deathgrowls, blackened screams, and clean singing. Both bands, however, are very compelling and it’s easy to lose yourself in their affecting deliveries. Top stuff.