The Pitch: Debut EP from unsigned Cleveland black metal act, Burial Oath, consisting of members of Witchhelm, Cholera, and Atomic Witch.
What I Like: I really like that opening guitar hook. It sounds like a cross between Satyricon and Opeth. In fact, across the board the guitar is a huge draw. Solid sound, nice mixture of rock, doom, and black metal influence, killer soloing chops. Songs in general feel to be the perfect length and keep me engaged.
What I Don't Like: The vocals could use a little more oomph. Given the powerful guitar and rock influence on the riffs, I feel the need for a little more Tom G "Ungh!" Maybe something along the lines of Hoest.
The Verdict: For a short EP from a new band, this is some strong black metal. Those looking for that Norwegian flair to make its way further into American soil should keep tabs on these guys. $2 gets you digital and will help them keep it going.
Flight's Fav: Coffin Nails