Black Box Warning – Attendre La Mort
France’s Black Box Warning deliver caustic, downtrodden sludge on their newest EP release, Attendre La Mort. Comprised of five corrosive tracks and a healthy dose of hatred, this Paris trio provide an ample beating with this short, but unsweet recording. Attendre La Mort begins with the grimy “5 mg”, which immediately pulverizes listeners into the pavement with gargantuan chords and galloping doom assaults. A blistering bass line then paves the way for a noise-laden tremolo-picked section, which in turn leads to a climax of thunderous, gritty riffs. Things get interesting as the record progresses with the inclusion of unpredictable tracks such as “4 mg”, which seamlessly transitions from hammering grooves, to chugging devastation, to slow-burning melancholia. “2 mg” is also worth mentioning for its moody, buzzing melodies and monolithic chord progressions that march along until the track transitions into a climax of Sleep-esque stoner doom mastery. Black Box Warning‘s Attendre La Mort is a loud and abrasive debut that should pique the interests of those with a love for all things slow and low.
Release Date: March 8, 2018
Favorite Tracks: “4 mg” and “1 mg”
For Fans Of: Eyehategod, Fistula and Crowbar
Aphelion – Aphelion
Aphelion‘s new self-titled EP features all of the eccentric, volatile tech metal one can handle. Armed with wacky songwriting and virtuosic musicianship, these Canadian instrumentalists deliver roughly 24 minutes of spastic metal bliss that harks back to the mid-to-late 2000s technical and progressive metal explosions. The five songs featured on this release are unyielding barrages of metallic madness that are playful, capricious and discombobulating. The songs begin their journey a particular way only to conclude miles away from their starting point. The instrumentation tends to favor a progressive-inspired metalcore type sound most of time, what with its galloping riffs and mind-numbing leads, but will often bleed into jittery mathcore sensibilities. Anthemic, melodic chord progressions and jazz breaks are also scattered throughout, but are almost always followed by spiraling, rhythmically-jarring riff salads. Sometimes the transitions between one section to the next can feel a bit forced, but it doesn’t completely distract from how entertaining this EP is. If listeners can imagine the best moments of mid-era Between the Buried and Me, all things Colin Marston, and the less questionable parts of the Myspace days, then they will get a gist of what Aphelion is all about.
Release Date: June 29, 2018
Favorite Tracks: “Troll Patrol” and “Testosteroni”
For Fans Of: Between the Buried and Me, Dysrhythmia, Journal and The Fine Constant