New year, new Short Sharp Shock. The metal never ends. Let’s get on with it…
Band(s): Dim Lords
Title: Last World, Dead Universe
Style(s): Black Metal
Duration: 19 minutes
Release date: October 22, 2018
This is nasty, otherworldly black metal that seems to have crawled out of the underground and started to spread a plague around itself instantly. The music is ostensibly black metal, but of a form that seems corrupted and mutated with esoteric melody and grim atmosphere, all delivered in a necrotic soup of sickness and horror…
I feel like there’s something on me. Is there something on me? GET IT OFF ME!
Duration: 19 minutes
Release date: October 5, 2018
This first release from this German band shows us a group that are capable of dark subtlety and soft introspection, while also indulging in post-hardcore heaviness and intensity when the need arises. A mixture of Cult of Luna and Tool is a relevant first impression, but only tells part of the story. After a short ambient introductory track, we get two main songs of texture and atmosphere, followed by a short outro. Anima bodes very well for the future of this band, and if they continue to develop their sound along the lines of what we’ve seen here, then hopefully the future should be bright for Haven.
Title: Unstructured Dissemination
Duration: 27 minutes
Release date: November 28, 2018
Originally released in April as a digital release, but now receiving a CD release, it’s time to get to know Onset. This duo from Singapore play an atmospheric form of doom mixed with elements of post-metal. This is a description only in general terms, however, as there are various other influences that can be heard across these two tracks, including introspective post-rock and some melodic progressive metal. Experimental in feel and wide in scope, the two sprawling tracks that make up this EP are emotive and effective exemplars of how immersive instrumental, synth-enhanced doom metal can be. Heavy and monolithic, while still finding room for subtlety and lighter explorations, this EP is a very enjoyable listen. Oh, and Mirai Kawashima from Sigh guests here too.
Title: The Dreamer of Tragedy
Style(s): Melodic Metal
Duration: 26 minutes
Release date: December 21, 2018
Although I have enjoyed Fall’s previous work in the realms of melodic death metal, (think Soilwork, etc), this latest EP focuses on their more restrained and expansive side. The melodic death metal influences are still here, of course, it’s just that the harder, faster elements aren’t as pervasive on this release as they have been in the past. Well-written, and with some good hooks and choruses, this is a solid new EP of material from Fall.
Band(s): Through the Canopy
Duration: 23 minutes
Release date: January 15, 2019
Through the Canopy are a doom metal band from Norway, and this is their debut EP. Combining post-metal and progressive doom into melodic, emotive music, these two songs show a lot of promise for this band. Through the Canopy use the post-metal build/release mechanic well, with rising atmosphere and thunderous payoffs. This is then channelled through a progressive doom metal framework, and the resulting two songs are an enjoyable listen. It’s all about the music here, with the vocals almost added as an afterthought. This is no bad thing, however, as the music is very strong. I particularly enjoy the mellifluous solos. Although there’s still some development work needed, (this is the band’s first release after all), Descension is well-formed enough to be worth repeat visits.