Nightmarer – Chasm
Pulling from the stellar musicianship from members of The Ocean, War From a Harlot’s Mouth and Success Will Write Apocalypse Across the Sky, Nightmarer crafts a dark and claustrophobic sound on their debut Chasm EP. With only two tracks at their disposal, this dissonant death metal trio create a cacophonous whirlwind of chaos that sucks listeners in, tortures them and spits them out wanting more. “Vessel of Nausea” opens up the release with down-tuned guitars and bass that bellow and lurch like a Lovecraftian beast, while jaw-dropping drum work rattles everything underneath. The guitars conjure crawling, disfigured grooves that spawn flurries of atonal melodies and noisy eccentricities, which come across as a macabre combination between Portal‘s black hole spawned death metal and Ion Dissonance low-end mathcore. “Ceremony of Control” ups the ante from the get go with an explosion of twitching and writhing dissonance. The track seems to swallow seemingly normal death metal riffs and regurgitate them in malformed, disgusting shapes. The song unleashes ugly riff after ugly riff, building a wall of fittingly nightmarish sound that seems parody melody at times. Chasm is a short release but seems like a teaser for even greater things to come. Fans of the band’s pedigree, or just auditory chaos in general, will not want to sleep on Nightmarer.
Release Date: May 6, 2016
Label: Independent/Moment of Collapse
For Fans Of: Coma Cluster Void, Ion Dissonance, Portal and Ulcerate
Cult Cinema – Cosmic Horror I
Coming five years after their debut release, Iscariot, London’s Cult Cinema return with two tracks of sprawling neocrust on their Cosmic Horror I EP. The band weave together crust’s grit and aggression with doom’s sprawling song structures to create a sound that explores past the perceived limitations of the hardcore subgenre. If His Hero is Gone listened to more progressive music, Cult Cinema would be the result. The release opens with icy walls of swelling guitar melody that paves the way for a stampede of melodic hardcore riffs to come storming out of the ethereal mist. The instrumentation cycles back and forth between blistering melodic hardcore and frostbitten black metal before ending in a fiery groove collision. The lumbering “Distress Signal” closes out the EP with slow-building, menacing melodies that reverberating hauntingly as percussion thunders underneath. As the song progresses, it opens up to more marching doom that is accompanied by throbbing bass lines and tremolo-picked, layered melodies that spiral around the procession of heaviness. These two expansive tracks may just be the tip of the iceberg for this band. If Cult Cinema continues to follow this path, there’s no telling what epic creations they will craft.
Release Date: November 3, 2016
For Fans Of: Nux Vomica, Tragedy and Oathbreaker