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Short Sharp Shock #19: All About the Death and Black Metal

Black metal and death metal is where it’s at for the 19th edition of Short Sharp Shock. No fancy intros this time, just pure METAL! Get stuck in…

Gloam Obscure EvilBand(s): Gloam/Obscure Evil

Title: Split

Style(s): Black Metal

Duration: 16 minutes

Release date: August 10, 2018

Hailing from the US and Peru respectively, Gloam and Obscure Evil have teamed up to unleash an enjoyably underground black metal split. Gloam’s contribution is more traditional and less doom/melody-infected than some of their other work, (although aspects of this still appear, especially near the end). I like what I hear, and look forward to whatever they do next.

Sadly, for Obscure Evil, there is no ‘next’, as this is apparently their final work. It’s a shame, as even though I’m not the world’s biggest blackthrash fan, the two songs on this EP are perfectly serviceable and quite infectiously rambunctious in a filthy, dirty, nasty way. As my first introduction to the band, it’s a case of hello Obscure Evil, goodbye Obscure Evil.

SkullcrushBand(s): Skullcrush

Title: Visions of the Firestorm Eclipse

Style(s): Death Metal

Duration: 22 minutes

Release date: July 6, 2018

Prepare yourself mortals, for some absolutely filth-ridden old-school death metal. Skullcrush are as heavy and as nasty as their name suggests, and this EP will savage and maul you beyond recognition. Visions of the Firestorm Eclipse is a damn fine piece of ugly nastiness, and each of the well-formed tracks on this release is well worth spending some time with. As well as displaying death metal’s blunt intensity and brutality though, Skullcrush also seem to have a talent for macabre atmosphere and sinister mood-building, which raises these songs well above the average. This is quality stuff that any underground death metal fan should fully devour.

EngulfBand(s): Engulf

Title: Gold and Rust

Style(s): Death Metal

Duration: 11 minutes

Release date: July 13, 2018

More death metal for you now in the shape of one man death metal machine Engulf. This EP is all about unleashing pure death metal fury and blistering moods. Any fan of bands such as Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal, and Immolation should find something to like here. Gold and Rust may be relatively short, but it’s well-written and well-delivered, and contains three death metal songs that each have their own strengths and character; each is able to stand tall on its own, and each is a destructive power in its own right. This EP is thoroughly enjoyable.

Deus VerminBand(s): Deus Vermin

Title: Monument to Decay

Style(s): Blackened Death Metal

Duration: 21 minutes

Release date: June 17, 2018

Monument to Decay is death metal of the blackened variety, steeped in filth and rendered black as night. I love this kind of extremity. With death metal’s muscular bite and black metal’s slithering, corrupted chaos, Monument to Decay is a vicious and highly enjoyable slab of brutal darkness.

Ill OmenBand(s): Ill Omen

Title: The Grande Usurper

Style(s): Black Metal

Duration: 24 minutes

Release date: August 10, 2018

From the prolific mastermind involved with a variety of Australian extreme metal bands, the latest release from Ill Omen is raw and grim in all of the best ways. Dredged up straight from the bowels of the underground, the music on this EP is as foul and blasphemous as anything out there, more so in some ways.

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