USA, Technical Death Metal
This is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while, and I’ve decided the time has come for some weekly underground reviewing. I’ll now be making these every week for various underground bands with EPs that deserve more recognition. It’ll all be laid out much like my other reviews, just that I now have some structure.
It’s been about 3 months since Writhing released their latest work, a 3-song EP called “Indomitable”, and I felt it was majorly overdue for some reviewing. This EP is just incredible for what it is. It still surprises me to see that this little beauty was completely self-released, no recording company or anything, but these guys still match up with the greats. The sound is awesomely crushing, the production is spot on, and they’re still barely scraping 500 views on YouTube. It’s insulting that shit bands like Bring me the Horizon or Black Veil Brides get fame and recognition, and no one’s heard of these guys.
For the sake of knowledge, Writhing are a 4-piece band from Detroit, and they’ve been around for a few years now without getting anywhere. Recently they got signed to Nihilistic Holocaust Records, but they haven’t released any new material since.
Anyway, like I said, this EP is just waiting for someone to notice it; these guys really have something as a band. The musicianship on this EP is phenomenal, and the vocals just get better with every listen. Actually, it all gets better with more listens. The first time I heard it I was a bit bored, it was like hearing Necrophagist playing the same riff over and over again, with the same trite melodies. But now, after hearing the EP’s title track for the fourth time today, I’m fucking impressed. It stands brutal, dark, nihilistic and unabashed.
The EP kicks off with the title track, Indomitable. It sounds at first like something rather bland for technical death metal. But you really need to listen to this to notice just how mind-blowing it is. The drums are perfect. They change just before it starts to get repetitive, just like tech-death should be. The ride blasts bounce off the bass perfectly. The guitars are actually audible, and have some caustic riffs and beautiful melodies to boot. The vocals also use the occasional layered harmony (i.e. a high scream over a low growl), like Whitechapel or Suicide Silence, only decent and utilized cleverly rather than ALL THE FUCKING TIME.
The second song, Death Of Your Dream is much more crushing. While it remains similar to the first song, it’s still kept interesting, most notably by the solos. They’re incredible! Very Slayer-esque in their utilization of constant whammy bar wankery. But it’s still awesome; the solos strike right where they should. Given, it’s a song I think could be longer, at a mere 2 minutes and 46 seconds.
The final song of the album is called Prey, and it opens with a soft, twee little acoustic bit. It doesn’t last long though, and we’re quickly back to crushing death metal. There is some more acoustic playing later, but the song remains as brutal as the rest of the EP. It closes with the same acoustic ostinato that it starts with, just perfect. It finishes off a perfect EP, well… perfectly.