We have some delicious metal for you in this edition of Short Sharp Shock, straight from the underground. Dig in and take your fill…
Title: Hymnes D’Outre-Tombe
Style(s): Raw Black Metal
Duration: 22 minutes
Release date: October 8, 2017
So let’s start off with Canadian one man black metal act Wendigo. This release actually contains the project’s 2007 debut demo Ivresse, which has been remastered, as well as two extra tracks.
Born cold and dead straight into the underground, this is classic frozen black metal that’s as raw and harsh as anything. It’s also a very enjoyable listen if you’re partial to the kind of thing that sounds as if it’s been exhumed from some long-buried crypt. Bleak atmosphere and cold resolve make for an unfriendly listening experience, but one that’s well worth the effort. Of course, if you’re a fan of this type of style then this really takes no effort at all.
Band(s): The Iron Gates
Title: The Story Thus Far
Duration: 20 minutes
Release date: February 16, 2018
US metalcore band The Iron Gates have produced a promising EP here. Fusing elements of metalcore and melodic death metal, (think a mix of Darkest Hour, All That Remains, Killswitch Engage, and Amon Amarth), this is an enjoyable trip back to the 00s in many ways. With some songwriting tweaks and a further development of their own collective personality and vision, they could be on to something here. I bet it’s good live, too. For now though, this is still a good listen and worth checking out.
Title: Unleash the Storm
Style(s): Death Metal
Duration: 18 minutes
Release date: March 2018
OLD-SCHOOL DEATH METAL ALERT! Oh come on, you must be familiar with Greek death metallers Abyssus? No? Well this EP is as good a place as any to start if you’re not. With two new songs and three cover versions, (Venom, Manilla Road, and Bathory), this is a top little release to tide you over until the new Abyssus album which is apparently on its way. Taking Obituary as their prime influence, the music of Abyssus is infectious and very moreish. The band focus on songs more than anything else, and they’ve unleashed some cracking ones over the years. HAIL ABYSSUS!
Style(s): Black Metal
Duration: 13 minutes
Release date: February 16, 2018
Holy crap. What do you get if you cross Revenge and Celtic Frost, while stripping away all of the guitars and replacing them with three basses? You get this colossally ugly slab of fiery chaos, that’s what. This demo release came out of nowhere, deals with prehistoric themes, and has utterly blown me way. I absolutely, positively, cannot wait to hear what the band do next.
Title: Adrift in Remorse
Style(s): Death/Doom Metal
Duration: 27 minutes
Release date: February 23, 2018
What do you do if you are heavily influenced by Paradise Lost and the classic Peaceville sound of the 90s, but don’t want to be just a hero-worship band, regurgitating past glories? Well, you could do what Affasia have done, which is take these old-school influences and make them your own, producing a highly engaging and enjoyable collection of modern melodic/Gothic death/doom metal.
There’s only four songs here, but they’re professionally written and recorded examples of a band who are just starting out in their career, and yet are already displaying masses of potential and promise. I usually find it quite easy to switch off from this type of music, but what Affasia are doing is so compelling and infectious that Adrift in Remorse easily holds my full attention.
And on that note, we end another Short Sharp Shock. May The Doom be with you.