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Short Sharp Shock #18: Scouring the Globe

Here at Indy Metal Vault we like to scour the globe for all manner of enjoyably extreme metal, so in this latest edition of Short Sharp Shock I present to you another five of my latest discoveries…

MutilateBand(s): Mutilate

Title: All Life Ends

Style(s): Old-School Death Metal

Duration: 11 minutes

Release date: August 3, 2018

Featuring good songs, a very pleasing drum sound, and a singer that sounds absolutely disgustingly vile, this release could easily have been found in some forgotten crypt sealed to the world decades ago. Well, it’s broken free of its captivity now, and is ready to infect the living. I won’t add much more to this, as we recently premiered a track from this here with some write-up.

Blood WorshipBand(s): Blood Worship

Title: Death’s Omnipotence

Style(s): Melodic Black Metal

Duration: 21 minutes

Release date: June 15, 2018

Forging ahead with a very melodic style of black metal that recalls bands such as Dissection and Satyricon, I like that there’s also a Mayhem influence that can occasionally be felt in some of the jagged, less-typical riffs. Passionate and venomous, the songs on the debut EP from this Swedish band are easy to enjoy if you have a predilection for energetic melodically-charged black metal.

Violent Life Violent DeathBand(s): Violent Life Violent Death

Title: Come, Heavy Breath

Style(s): Metalcore/Hardcore

Duration: 23 minutes

Release date: June 29, 2018

Being influenced by the heavier, sharper side of 00s metalcore and hardcore is a tricky thing to get right. With so many memorable and iconic bands from this era, it would be easy to slip into hero-worship and lose any personality of your own. Despite an obvious influence from the more abrasive side of a band like Zao, Violent Life Violent Death have succeeded in bringing the 00s into 2018. Yes, the band’s blend of savage hardcore and intense metalcore has done its job very well indeed. Come, Heavy Breath is only the band’s second EP, but it’s an extremely competent and enjoyable listen.

Carnal DecayBand(s): Carnal Decay

Title: When Push Comes to Shove

Style(s): Brutal Death Metal

Duration: 10 minutes

Release date: July 20, 2018

Adopting somewhat more of a deathcore influence than previously, (or simply increasing it, more accurately I suppose), Carnal Decay’s latest EP unleashes the violence its bloodshed quite nicely. The band’s blast and groove technique may have been done before, but they execute it well and it’s effortless to enjoy if you like the style. Besides, they have some decent belligerent personality in their music and the singer seems to be getting more dynamic and rhythmic with the delivery of his vocal patterns with every release, which is always something I enjoy in this kind of thing.

MyrkvidBand(s): Myrkvid

Title: Demons Are Inside

Style(s): Black Metal

Duration: 26 minutes

Release date: June 25, 2018

Combining the timeless nature of traditional second wave black metal with a punky Darkthrone-influenced feel on occasion, French blackened misanthropes Myrkvid have produced an enjoyable interpretation of classic black metal on Demons Are Inside. It’s honest and authentic, revealing a good grasp of what makes this kind of thing so easily enjoyable if you’re into the style. There’s also a Bathory cover here. A solid release.

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