Thunderous groove and gloom-ridden atmospheres collide on Dead Register‘s haunting and infectious new EP, Captive.
Following the band’s well-received 2016 full-length, Fiber, Captive sees the Atlanta trio continuing to refine their unique blend of post-metal, post-punk and Gothic rock. Armed with dueling low-end courtesy of bass and bass VI, crepuscular atmospheres, and commanding vocal performances, Dead Register‘s sound finds common ground with those obsessed with the post-punk revival and those that insist on being crushed by heavy riffs. Just like its predecessor, Captive resides somewhere between Disintegration and Through Silver in Blood, towing the line between melancholic soundscapes and seismic heaviness.
The record begins with the brooding title track, which is brought to life by an undeniably heavy riff composed of chugging chords interwoven with icy melodies. The aforementioned riff gradually breaks apart into slowly floating melodies as it bleeds into ethereal verses spearheaded by vocalist M. Chvasta’s hovering baritone. The track’s lumbering finish paves the way for the blood-pumping “Ender” to waltz in with its endless grooves. The song features groaning string bends and palm-muted verses that battle with one another as dreamlike keys hang a curtain of cosmic sound over the song’s heaviest moments.
“Heresy” dials back the sludgier tones of the one-two punch that came before in favor of galloping, shimmering melodies that hone in on the band’s post-punk influence. Following that is the band’s dreary rendition of Dead and Gone‘s “Blood From a Ghost”, which proves to be faithful to the original but far more massive. Captive is then brought to a close by the towering “Monochrome”. This five-minute tune is wrought with bludgeoning sludge riffs and some of the album’s most earth-shattering drum work. Atmospheric verses and infectious hooks have their share, but “Monochrome” is mostly a doom-ridden riff fest that makes itself to be one of the finest tracks in the band’s discography to date.
Dead Register‘s Captive is a hauntingly melodic and crushing release that is the perfect companion piece to its 2016 predecessor.
Release Date: November 2, 2018
Label: AVR Records
Favorite Tracks: “Ender” and “Monochrome”
For Fans Of: He Whose Ox is Gored, True Widow, and Pinkish Black