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Short Sharp Shock #12: The Mini-Metal Years

The twelfth edition of Short Sharp Shock is here to satiate your mini-metal needs. Mini-metal, is that a genre? Well, maybe it is now. Maybe…Maybe not. Anyway, here are five short releases that deliver the goods…

SlaughterdayBand(s): Slaughterday

Title: Abattoir

Style(s): Old-School Death Metal

Duration: 28 minutes

Release date: May 25, 2018

We start off this time with this very solid EP/mini-album from German death dealers Slaughterday. I’ve long been a fan of this band, and even though on the surface of things there’s little to recommend them over many other old-school death metal outfits, I can’t help but particularly enjoy them. The band’s honest and authentic take on classic, timeless death metal is just very pleasing and satisfying. This new release is no different. With four new songs and two covers, (Trouble/Amorphis), Slaughterday are back doing what they do best. Give this a listen.

Widow's PeakBand(s): Widow’s Peak

Title: Graceless

Style(s): Technical Death Metal

Duration: 20 minutes

Release date: April 27, 2018

Graceless is the kind of EP that’s like a whirlwind of destruction and chaos compressed down into a small space. Press play, and this devastation is unleashed in no uncertain terms. Brutal, technical death metal like this is to be respected. Despite having modern elements in their sound, Widow’s Peak are more of an underground, nasty proposition than some of their shinier, overly-polished peers. This is music that just wants to kill and maim, and doesn’t care if it looks pretty while it does it.

PuteraeonBand(s): Puteraeon

Title: The Dunwich Damnation

Style(s): Swedish Death Metal

Duration: 19 minutes

Release date: April 16 , 2018

If it’s possible to get tired of Swedish death metal, I’m not sure how. I mean, what’s not to like? Puteraeon are a more savage variant of this than most, and the 19 minutes of gruesome nastiness we get on The Dunwich Damnation sees the band on fine form.

Gut DrillBand(s): Gut Drill

Title: Shit for Brains

Style(s): Grindcore

Duration: 8 minutes

Release date: March 25, 2018

Brutal, brief, one man grindcore. This is for people that not only love the underground, but love what lives underneath its feculent stink. The man behind the band has some talent for this kind of brutality, so if you’re into hyperaggressive deathgrind, then this has a lot to recommend itself.

The NobleBand(s): The Noble

Title: Abolitionism

Style(s): Hardcore

Duration: 12 minutes

Release date: April 20, 2018

Kicking down doors and breaking bones with the power of positivity and good intentions, The Noble play a brand of hardcore and metalcore that reminds of the early/mid-90s Trustkill/Ferret Records scene. It’s enjoyably heavy and bodes well for the future of this group.

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