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.
Once more into the short metal releases breach! Wrap your listening lugholes around the aural delights we have for you below.
Style(s): Death Metal
Duration: 16 minutes
Release date: August 2, 2019
Well, this isn’t the basic meat-and-potatoes death metal I was expecting. This is brutally aggressive modern death metal mixed with grim blackened mood, producing songs that bleed malevolence and malignant threat. Corrupted melodies can sometimes be found, alongside huge thunderous riffs that threaten to crush everything you hold dear; elements of deathcore and slam are apparent, part of the overall viral concoction. There’s also a mechanized, industrial feel in places, somewhat akin to something like a mix of The Berzerker and Fear Factory, although this is only a minor part of the band’s sound. This is enjoyable death metal with a focus on the mutated and foul.
An impressive and enjoyable first release that sits somewhere between Vulvodynia and Arkhon Infaustus. Let’s see what they do next.
Band(s): Enemy of Creation
Title: Victims of the Cross
Style(s): Thrash Metal
Duration: 24 minutes
Release date: August 30, 2019
Here we have a tasty Indiana-based crossover release that takes thrash metal and mixes it with hardcore, with some death metal elements thrown in for good measure. Although Power Trip will be the obvious reference point for something like this, Merauder would probably be a more appropriate one. However, I’m pleased to say that Enemy of Creation have enough of their own collective personalities about them for this to be merely signposting, rather than plagiarism; there’s more than enough to enjoy here in its own right.
The songs are good, with some kicking riffs and storming hooks. Well-recorded, well-written, and well-delivered, this is a solid EP that sets the stage well for whatever the band do next. I enjoyed this, and wish the band bigger things for the future. Very nice.
Style(s): Sludge Metal
Duration: 23 minutes
Release date: July 3, 2019
Containing just two lengthy tracks, this EP certainly shows a lot of promise. I haven’t encountered Radien before, but Aste is an impressive release, and really shows what Radien are capable of.
Crafting an atmospheric form of sludge and doom, these tracks are quite wide-ranging, and experimental in some ways, (various additional ideas, vocals, and instruments are included in these songs). Mixing Yob-esque doom with oppressively heavy sludge, (think Neurosis/Zatokrev/Charger), and then adding in ethereal, experimental, and other atmospheric elements, these two tracks walk lesser-trodden paths of nightmarish doom. Despite the band comparisons above, Radien have found their own voice.
It sounds as if a lot of work and effort has gone into the construction and development of these sprawling tracks, and I can’t wait to hear where the band go from here. More please.
Title: Die for Something Worthwhile
Style(s): Death Metal/Deathcore
Duration: 13 minutes
Release date: October 10, 2019
It’s time for some German brutality, with the deathcore-tinged death metal of Necrotted. Brutal is the right word. Also, the drummer sounds like a machine. I don’t mean he sounds like a drum machine, either. No, it actually sounds like the drums are being played by the T1000 or something. Brutal, as I say.
These four songs are short and to the point, full of thunderously chuggy riffs and scathing, blasting ferocity. It’s a solid and enjoyable EP, and a great calling card for the band, assuming you want to be hit in the face with four sledgehammers.
Band(s): Chaos over Cosmos
Title: Chaos over Cosmos
Style(s): Progressive Metal
Duration: 19 minutes
Release date: July 18, 2019
We’ve met Chaos over Cosmos’ sci-fi-themed progressive metal before, and now they’re back with a new EP. There have been a few changes to the band’s sound, however. On these new songs, the band’s ambitious progressive metal is still intact and well, but it’s slightly heavier than before, and there’s a new singer providing the vocals. Of the latter, there’s more variation on display now; rather than purely clean singing, we also get screams and growls mixed in. I wasn’t expecting this, but it mostly works well.
Once again we’re treated to a ludicrous amount of guitar wizardry and seemingly endless solos. Not that I’m complaining, however; I love a good solo, and this EP is filled with them. Futuristic synths add layers to the well-constructed songs, and the journey you’re taken on during these 19 minutes is one worth exploring.
So, Chaos over Cosmos have returned with a different character. It works for them though, and it works for me too. I wonder what their next release will bring?