Heaven – Untitled EP
Thanks to the drummer Anna for the CD. Sorry
it's taken a while to review, been slightly busier than normal
of late. Anyway excuses over, get on with it Chop!
- The Fallen Flesh Of Worthlessness (Purifying Reign).
Quiet before the storm opening, brooding and menacing in equal
measure. Guitar tone is absolutely spot on. Pulverising opening
riff before tempo changes galore. All are deftly handled with
styles varying from death metal to funeral doom, most getting
a black metal twist. Title is a bit of a handful, but that's
my only negative.
- Soul Desecration. With a title like that
it needs to be nasty and doesn't disappoint. Sludge opening
compares more than favourably with Dream Death's debut, faster
sections had an early Vital Remains feel. Immense power generated
- Earth Decayed. Faster from the off, guitars
have a black metal urgency. Complex track again, individual
sections link well and overall it flows superbly. Lengthy
track never lets up.. and keeps you guessing. Like a good
slasher movie you are never quite sure when this one's going
to end as there are several sections that you would swear
are an outro.
- Darkness Falls. First of the bonus tracks
apparently recorded in the rhythm guitarist's basement! Again
best likened to Dream Death meets funeral doom, regrettably
the production slaughters this one. Re-recorded this would
be murderous though!
- Mercy. The first demo and definitely a
case of the shape of things to come. Bridge section is very
melodic lulling you into a false sense of security, as the
riff that follows is crushingly heavy. Reminiscent of Tsjuder
This CD showcases the band well, if they record
a full length album this solid it should sell phenomenally well.
My old china Ajeet, from Hellfire studios, engineered the first
three tracks and they are stunning. The bonus tracks obviously
sound rough in comparison, but with the right tweaking... Quality
songwriting and thoughtful arrangements with no unnecessary blastbeating
make them stand out from the crowd. They're equally devastating
live too. If you like death or extreme metal that's just that
little bit different check them out – you won't be disappointed.