Lots of death metal in this edition of Short Sharp Shock, so I’ve thrown in a dash of old-school metal/rock too for the sake of variety. Enjoy!
Style(s): Death Metal
Duration: 29 minutes
Release date: July 13, 2018
A longer release, but a very worthy one. I enjoyed this band’s first demo, so it’s great to hear some new material from them in the shape of this nasty little EP. After some due diligence it seems that this has already been reviewed on IMV, so I won’t say too much more. Intricate and brutal, while also having moments of introspection and nuance, this is a quality step forward for the band.
Band(s): Inhumane Existence
Title: Pierced and Confined
Style(s): Death Metal
Duration: 10 minutes
Release date: June 18, 2018
This is the debut EP from this Swiss death metal band, and it makes a good impression. Providing the listener with an endearing and charismatic 10 minutes of Immolation/Morbid Angel-esque material, these three songs are quite enjoyable. Although still obviously a band in development, you can see the promise here. Check this out.
Band(s): Back to Eden
Title: Blackened Heart
Style(s): Old-School Metal/Rock
Duration: 27 minutes
Release date: June 5, 2018
This is good. Classic metal/rock given a modern metal/rock makeover. On this EP you’ll find good songs, a good singer, some decent hooks, and plenty of confidence. All in all, it’s a damn good listen. Although you don’t tend to hear much of this kind of thing in 2018, (well, I don’t at least), I really liked this.
Title: Dogs Always Bite Harder Than Their Master
Style(s): Brutal Death Metal
Duration: 34 minutes
Release date: October 12, 2018
A 20th anniversary EP/mini-album, this release contains three new songs, an At the Gates cover, (“Slaughter of the Soul,” no less), and six live songs. It also has a plethora of guests spread out over the various tracks, from bands such as Aborted, Der Weg Einer Freiheit, Black Bomb A, Shining, and Unfathomable Ruination. If you;re a fan of this French band’s brutality, then this is a very enjoyable slab of meanness.
Band(s): Plague Rider
Style(s): Technical Death Metal
Duration: 25 minutes
Release date: September 10, 2018
Dark and dissonant, the latest EP from this UK death metal group is blackened with disease and filled with near-impenetrable claustrophobia. Noisy, anti-melodic, and chaotic, the structures of these songs have long ago been lost to the void, replaced with a mutated, corrupted daemonhost of intense evil and unfettered nastiness. If you smash together Ulcerate and Pyrrhon, and then dip in acid, you’ll have a loose idea of what Rhizome sounds like. Raw, menacing, and inhuman.