Welcome to the latest edition of Short Sharp Shock, where we take a look at some of the shorter metal releases that are out there.
We have a nice diverse selection of metal releases for you today. There’s no common theme to this list other than the hope that you find something here you enjoy. So take a listen and let me know which one of the below you like the most.
Band(s): Rotting in Dirt
Duration: 18 minutes
Release date: January 30, 2019
Rotting in Dirt’s music is a chaotic mix of dark hardcore and ugly metal, with a touch of black metal thrown in for good measure. Think bits of Converge, Every Time I Die, Will Haven, Cult Leader, and Wildspeaker. The music is well-written and performed, and boasts a good degree of diversity in its delivery. From the dissonant aggression of ‘Fathoms’ to the more emotive dark atmosphere of ‘Through the Chain Veil,’ Rotting in Dirt have a wealth of promise on show. Nowhere is this more apparent than on ‘Thirst,’ which is one of the stronger tracks here.
With its underwhelming cover that looks like it should belong to an old-school death metal band, you might be tempted to pass this by. Don’t. Rotting in Dirt deserve your attention.
Band(s): The Glorious Rebellion
Title: Scholars of War
Style(s): Noise Rock
Duration: 18 minutes
Release date: March 29, 2019
The Glorious Rebellion are a great example of a band that just want to yell all over the shop and generally cause havoc and mayhem RIGHT IN YOUR FACE. Mixing together noise rock with sludge and hardcore elements to create something quite special, Scholars of War is a very, very good EP. Unfriendly and intimidating it may be, but it’s also riotously good fun and has absolutely loads of replay value. Additionally, the band know how to add depth and nuance to their angular, off-kilter music, resulting in songs that are not only catchy in an instant-gratification way, but also offer real depth for the listener.
The Glorious Rebellion remind me of the days when bands like Helmet, Fudge Tunnel, and Acid Bath were kicking out the jams big style. I’m so glad a friend of mine told me to listen to this, and I can’t recommend it enough.
Band(s): Cardinals Folly/Lucifer’s Fall
Style(s): Doom Metal
Duration: 36 minutes
Release date: March 22, 2019
A split release between two highly enjoyable and charismatic doom metal bands? Don’t mind if I do! Also; look at the cover artwork – what’s going on there then?
Infused with a playful dark magic, both bands channel an atavistic take on doom metal via personable and infectious music. Both take the base of the style and work wonders with it too. Both of them have their own distinct musical personalities, and both of them display bucketfuls of character in their music.
I’m a fan of both these bands, for good reason, but as much as I like Cardinals Folly, I love Lucifer’s Fall. Make sure you check this out.
Band(s): Eggs of Gomorrh
Style(s): Black/Death Metal
Duration: 18 minutes
Release date: March 18, 2019
This is disgustingly ugly and savage Swiss bestial filthiness, and the first new material from the band since their raw, nasty 2016 release Rot Prophet. I enjoyed that immensely, so Outpregnate is very well-received.
The songs are brief, cruel, and violent, and waste no time in cutting limbs and hacking heads. Containing six tracks in total, (one of which is an intro, and one of which is an Arkhon Infaustus cover), this all-too-brief EP is not for the faint of heart, and not for those uninitiated in the ways of the darkest corners of the underground. Harrowing and grim, Eggs of Gomorrh’s latest release is fierce and feral black/death metal at its finest.
Title: Societal Sects
Duration: 17 minutes
Release date: February 22, 2019
This US band offers up a fetish-themed EP for us to shamelessly enjoy. The music is a mix of modern metal, djent, metalcore, and touches of deathcore. Across four songs, (and an intro), we get to explore Kinkshamer’s interesting world. Samples are used frequently, and synths/electronic enhancements appear here and there; both of these help to give the music a semi-industrial edge in places. The rhythm guitars are mostly simple and heavy, with disembodied melodies occasionally adding texture.
Kinkshamer are clearly a work in progress at this point, but there’s much promise here if they can develop their music further. Have a listen and see what you think.