Mini-Reviews 1/5/18: Watain, Sinistro, Vile Ones
"Teeth" By Vile Ones
Swift and chaotic, this debut EP echoes the beautiful noise of bands such as Converge and Norma Jean. While just as frenzied as other bands under the mathcore umbrella, Vile Ones play with more straightforward song structures than many of their counterparts. This gives Teeth a comparative accessibility that can reel in newcomers to the genre. The EP's six tracks average out at about three minutes each and pack a lot of tempo changes, dynamics, and guitar feedback into impressively short time spans. "Mad Man" is one of the favorites and is mostly built around two main riffs that prove versatile with the rest of the instrumentation providing the progression of the song. But closing track "Dantzig 1808" is the favorite as it shows a hint of Vile Ones' ability to blend in a dash of melody both guitar and vocal wise. It'll be interesting to see what the band can do with a full length release which would allow the group to display a larger variety of tricks. But for now Teeth is a gripping introduction that doesn't let off the gas and will leave listeners foaming at the mouth for more.
"Sangue Cassia" By Sinistro
Genre: Doom Metal/Gothic Rock
Doom metal has never sounded so beautiful. While Sinistro's lyrics are in their native Portuguese, the haunting croon of frontwoman Patricia Andrade would be candy to the ears of listeners in any language. This is proven as the band's cover of Paradise Lost's "Nothing Sacred" holds up to the performance on the rest of the album. Sangue Cassia explores a variety of sonic textures while maintaining doom's crawling pace. It's not as riff driven as many other records of the genre and avoids the droning style of acts such as Boris. Instead it relies on the push and pull of simpler instrumentals with a lead of clean guitar or piano against more layered instrumentation made of distorted doom guitars and well placed percussion. All with Andrade's voice glossily placed over top. This gives the songs a cinematic feel that I could best describe as a metal rendition of Portishead's sound. It's distinct, ghostly, and oh so addictive. Sinistro is proving themselves a band to watch. Not just for doom or metal fans but music lovers in general.
"Trident Wolf Eclipse" By Watain
Genre: Black Metal
Watain has well proven themselves as one of the modern leaders of the black metal genre. A large part of this is the experimentation and diversity the band has been able to display in their sound. The culmination of which was displayed in their previous album The Wild Hunt which had all the style and intensity of black metal but with forays into melody and other genre departures that put the album a cut above many of its peers. So it's interesting to see Watain go with a more "by the book" approach on Trident Wolf Eclipse. This record is all extremity with nary a dash of melody to be found on the album. While the songs are all well written and far from boring it feels like a letdown after the creative bloom of their previous record. It's an album that will scratch the itch of any kvlt genre purist but doesn't make an attempt to be more than a solid and extreme black metal record. While entertaining, the lack of diversity in the tracks don't set it apart from other practitioners of black metal.