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Short Sharp Shock #13: Time Is Short

So much metal, so little time, you know? Well, this is why Short Sharp Shock exists. So feast your ears, (is that a thing?), on the below, as we have five very tasty releases for you…

ToothlessBand(s): Toothless

Title: Red

Style(s): Mathcore

Duration: 22 minutes

Release date: March 20, 2018

If chaotic metal/noise/hard/mathcore is your thing, then you should really pay attention to what Toothless are doing. Distilling some of the best parts of bands like Every Time I Die, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Norma Jean, The Chariot, Comeback Kid, etc., Red is the kind of varied, multi-layered hardcore release that I can’t help but fall head over heels for. Impressive stuff.

WombripperBand(s): Wombripper

Title: Infected Tomb

Style(s): Old-School Death Metal

Duration: 23 minutes

Release date: May 25, 2018

The extremely lovely Camo Pants Records strike again with this cassette/digital reissue of the debut EP from this Russian death metal monster. This version comes with two extra live songs, so you can really soak up the band’s aggressive assault. Wombripper play filthy, old-school death metal that’s influenced by the venerable Swedish style. Raw and aggressive, these songs go for the throat every time.

Desekryptor DraghkarBand(s): Desekryptor/Draghkar

Title: Split

Style(s): Old-School Death Metal

Duration: 8 minutes

Release date: April 20, 2018

Here we have a small, rotten morsel ripped from the corpulent bowels of the death metal underworld. Mouldy and decayed, both of these bands worship at the altar of old-school death metal, albeit in different ways. Desekryptor have more of a grim, obscure, daemonic presence, with their track featuring plenty of macabre atmosphere as well as murky brutality. Draghkar, on the other hand, offer a more direct approach to classic USDM. Both bands are worth taking the time to check out, however, so I advise that you do that now, before we move on.

Destroyer of LightBand(s): Destroyer of Light

Title: Hopeless

Style(s): Doom Metal

Duration: 18 minutes

Release date: May 11, 2018

This EP has already been reviewed on this site, so I won’t say too much about it here other than to highlight it as a particularly enjoyable slab of weighty and emotive doom metal. My past encounters with this band have been okay, but Hopeless sees the band take their material to an entirely other level. No longer do I think of Destroyer of Light as merely okay. After this EP, I think of them as very much ones to watch for their next album. If it’s as good as this, I look forward to it with great anticipation and excitement.

The Human Race Is FilthBand(s): The Human Race Is Filth

Title: Liberate

Style(s): Grindcore

Duration: 15 minutes

Release date: April 6, 2018

So, let’s just pack in as much sludge, grind, punk, and crust filth as we can into a raw, nasty EP of violent belching and cutting riffs shall we? This kind of stuff writes itself. Here’s band that don’t really seem to produce music of their own, but just channel the essences of the furious grindcore gods, via the medium of the punk, crust, and sludge ones. Which is all, I suppose, a slightly long-winded and rather silly way of saying that Liberate packs a lot of relatively varied content into a short playing time, delivering the goods with violent abandon and a huge blood-covered grin on its face. Top stuff.

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