Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Album Review: "Ravenous" by Slaughterday

German death metallers Slaughterday are back with the ferocious EP, Ravenous.

This is the follow up to their 2013 full length debut, Nightmare Vortex.

The brutal duo features the ex-Obscenity, Jens Finger on bass and guitars and ex-BK-49 Bernd Reiners, on drums and vocals.

How often do drummers sing? I cannot think of another drummer in the game that also handles the vocals.

They've been at this as Slaughterday since 2010 and they are showing now signs of slowing down. Ravenous is being released on FDA Rekotz and features three new songs and one cover, Acheron's Ave Satanas. The EP is being released on CD and vinyl.

Ravenous starts off heavy and never lets up over the twenty minutes of metal.

The guitars are full, thick, and harmonious to the point of beauty.

The guitar solos feature some spectacular harmony leads played on the neck pick up.

The riffs chug like a bullet train headed out of Berlin and they give way to thundering chord progressions played much more slowly.

The drums follow along and lead the way. Ranging from full on blast beat gallops into cacophonous snare drum fills. Vocally, the album features brutality from the opening lines, as should be expected by the sheer amounts of heaviness throughout.

Unlike many bands in the death metal spectrum, Slaughterday does not play at Warp 9 the entire time. The songs are uptempo, but never blindingly fast. This gives room for the songs to breathe. As I've said before, it's a lot easier to sound cool at 1,000 miles per hour than it is on a slower scale. That's not to say this is a slow album, but the articulate riffing is easier to hear.

Overall, there's no slowdown of quality on this extended play and it's a worthwhile pickup for any fans of either Tampa Bay or European Death Metal.

Release: 8/8/14
Genre: Metal, Death Metal
Label: FDA Rekotz
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