Imagine a tight blend of progressive tech/death metal, sprinklings of jazz and some hardcore elements. Sound good? Then I would hope you are already aware of this band. If you like bands like Beneath The Buried and Me, you’ve no excuses not to listen to this and love it.
First things first, how often do we hear a fairly tranquil acoustic intro to a crushing album, that doesn’t seem to evoke the right atmosphere, and just sounds utterly contrived from the second hearing onwards… Well that doesn’t happen here. The intro ‘Nine Fingers‘ works really well, carrying sinister undertones and a taste of things to come. Roughly a minute later and the track ‘Cut and Hunt‘ kicks in with the unmistakeable D.F.D.O. sound. Sean‘s vocals remind me of a cross between Randy Blyth of ‘Lamb of God’, and Johannes from post-metal masters Cult of Luna. And it does not take long to realise how proficient the rest of the band are either, and why they have shared the stage with bands like Sylosis and The Black Dahlia Murder.
We’re then into ‘At Graves End‘ which is the track me and Steve had the pleasure of airing recently on The Friday Frenzy. I must admit, this is probably my favourite track on the EP, covering a range of styles, including a great section towards the end which shows off just how much groove the band can pull out during the quieter sections. The track then picks back up towards the end with a proper headbanger of a riff, and brilliant rhythmic drumming from Daniel Ristic, who is very capable of handling many changes in pace and time signatures. And the double-bass sounds crispppp!
‘The Promise‘ is the next track and this is where some of the jazzier elements come to the fore, reminding me of bands like Ephel Duath, and Dillinger Escape Plan. One particular jazzy section on the EP brings to mind King Crimson and the legendary Bob Fripp! High praise indeed… Penultimate track ‘Dread‘ picks the tempo back up and is one of the more savage tracks on the EP. You can hear layered vocals on this track, with lower guttural roaring. It all sounds totally natural and also befitting of the section it appears over, which is great because I can really find myself put off these types of vocals with certain other bands of the same genre(s).
The final track on the EP, ‘In This Life Not The Next‘, is a great choice as the closer, as it encapsulates everything on the EP in seven minutes and twenty-two seconds. There is a great quiet section on this track which reminds me of something that Tosin Abasi from Animals as Leaders would come up with.
Each time I have heard this EP I have enjoyed it more and more and certain things have come to the forefront at different times; a real sign of excellent songwriting. And I will of course enjoy listening to it again, and playing them for you guys on TBFM. The EP is due out on the 19th October, so keep your ears to The Friday Frenzy to hear them again before then!