Asheraah – Everything Will Fade
Croatia’s Asheraah deliver 21 minutes of hypnotic post-metal on their newest EP release, Everything Will Fade. Following their 2013 full-length The Mountain, Everything Will Fade sees the Rijeka-based act drifting further into darker and more doomed territory. The three-track release begins with “Everything”, which immediately launches into a chugging sludge march peppered with atmospheric leads. The track trudges along steadfastly, trapping the listener in its entrancing cycles of stomping riffs, before transitioning into a blast beat laden stampede of cacophonous post-black metal that engulfs listeners in darkness. “Will” switches things up a bit by revolving around an interplay between somber clean guitars and towering, melodic chords, which call early Isis and Pelican material to mind. The song gradually increases in intensity as it progresses, eventually becoming a massive assault of galloping sludge and blackened melodies. The EP is drawn to a close by its darkest cut, “Fade”. The nearly seven-minute track weaves back and forth between menacing, post-rock melodies and soul-crushing doom throughout. The guitars conjure city-leveling riff after city-leveling riff as steady, seismic drumming and percussive bass tie everything together into a monstrous package. All-in-all, Asheraah‘s Everything Will Fade is a must-listen for fans of the post-metal genre.
Release Date: January 17, 2018
Favorite Tracks: “Will”
For Fans Of: Amenra, Omega Massif and Isis
meth. – I Love You
Chicago’s meth. is yet another newer act effectively capturing and modernizing the MySpace era of sassy mathcore. On their newest EP, I Love You, the sextet’s frantic, dissonant metalcore stylings take a darker turn as elements of noise and haunting soundscapes are added to the mix. “Opaque Release” opens up the release with creeping, nauseating guitars that give way to claustrophobic atmospheres. After about a minute the full band come raging in with bursts of feverishly sliding, dissonant guitar riffs, off-kilter breakdowns, venomous vocals, and walls of noise. With this song, I Love You is off to a blistering start and continues to bring the chaotic riffs in abundance. The instrumentation rips and roars with screamo’s speed and seething angst, and mathcore’s obtuse structures and volatile shifts. Myriads of effects give new color to these disfigured guitar riffs, ultimately culminating in dense, frightening cacophonies (see “You Are Here”). Aside from the meandering electronic throbs of “Prayer in Shallow Water”, I Love You is a brutal release that will appease fans of all things spastic. The band have stated that the EP is the “prologue”, which hopefully hints at more face-melting tunes to come.
Release Date: March 26, 2018
Favorite Tracks: “Opaque Release” and “You Are Here”
For Fans of: Vein, SeeYouSpaceCowboy, Daughters and Me and Him Call It Us