We have a bit of everything for you in this edition of Short Sharp Shock. Well, maybe not everything – there are only five bands listed after all – but each one is different, so hopefully you’ll find something you like the sound of to cater to your particular tastes in metal.
Band(s): Le Menhir
Duration: 6 minutes
Release date: May 10, 2018
We start with the debut release from a UK one man post-metal act. Although we only have a single song to digest, this is a really interesting release. Vocally we’re in traditional doom metal territories – think a band like Warning – yet musically we’re in post-metal waters – think the triumvirate of Cult of Luna/Isis/Neurosis. It works really, really well, and Orage is a well-written and very enjoyable track. I’m definitely looking forward to what this project does next.
Title: Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Style(s): Heavy Metal
Duration: 33 minutes
Release date: May 11, 2018
We may be stretching the Short Sharp Shock concept with this one somewhat due to its length, but this is only an EP, so I’m still going to include it here. Besides, Le Menhir was so short that it’s good to get stuck into something a bit more meaty. Lycanthro play well-delivered power/heavy metal with both character and songwriting nous. It’s good stuff, and has quite an ambitious streak to it too. Most of the songs are on the longer side, but they manage to successfully hold the listener’s attention throughout. Good riffs, good hooks, good songs, good band.
Band(s): Metal Eater
Title: Dirty Dishes
Duration: 15 minutes
Release date: May 21, 2018
Here we have 15 minutes of grindcore, mixing elements of punk, crust, and thrash into its assault. Simple, direct, and very effective. This is music you don’t have to think about – just stick it on and get moving. With a collective ear for a good riff and a surprising amount of character and personality, Metal Eater have a clear talent for this type of thing. If old-school grind is your thing, then check this out.
Title: The Endless Howling Abyss
Style(s): Death Metal
Duration: 19 minutes
Release date: July 27, 2018
Draghkar know how to write some very tasty old-school death metal. After a demo and a split release, this is the band’s first larger release, so it’s great to have some more material to get our teeth into. Yes, our teeth – your teeth too. Get chomping! Draghkar continue to develop and progress their sound, and this latest release sees them on top form. Meaty, macabre death metal, steeped in raw filth and apocalyptic horror. I can’t wait to hear their next work too, as The Endless Howling Abyss is extremely good.
Style(s): Black Metal
Duration: 15 minutes
Release date: May 28, 2018
I’ve been following the work of Råttkung for a few years now, and have enjoyed seeing the artist behind this one man project develop and progress his sound. From initial beginnings of raw, simplistic black metal, he has increasingly incorporated wider musical influences into his work, culminating in 2017’s Metamorphosis, which spoke of a greater ambition and talent than what was displayed in his earlier work. With this in mind, 15:25 is a very interesting and telling release. Recorded a decade or so ago, 15:25 contains even more experimental sounds than Metamorphosis did, with all manner of atmospheres, noises, and ideas included in its short playing time. Although tentative and experimental, it’s still very enjoyable in its own right. However, the big thing for me is the excitement of how these influences might potentially manifest in any future Råttkung output. I greatly look forward to finding out.