Detainee is an extreme metal trio based in Montreal, Quebec, CA that aims to blend a few different aspects of what makes the genre great into one. Not much else is known; however, what we do know is that the act's first release is out now. Let's see how it is.
The new Canadian project's debut EP titled Slower Violence serves as a reminder that even the smallest of local acts can pack quite a punch. This short release consists of seven tracks and amounts to a total of just around ten minutes of content. Despite this, the violence and war-themed effort offers all of the stunning instrumentals, low-fi production, and varied influences it could implement in so little time.
Getting right into it, the guitar tone is catchy with a sort of old school vibe to it, which the production quality aids in. The chromatic riffs coupled with blast beat drumming opens up the EP quite nicely. The echoey and doom-esque vocals make a point across towards the beginning and the blackened melodics in the background are an interesting addition. A couple of the songs also have some pretty cool intros or bass lines. "Homunculus" and "At Their Mercy" were standouts to me for their structures and riffs.
Some people will find the quality off-putting and somewhat jarring, especially in regards to the drum (namely snare) samples. The vocals are also somewhat underutilized in some sections or tracks.
All in all, while there isn't much else to say about Slower Violence, it's worth noting that this EP is a rather intruiging one to say the least. It's sprawling extreme metal comprised of grind instrumentals, blackened undertones, doom vocals and more...making it an overall mixed bag of a subtle release. Sure it doesn't have the best production and there isn't too much to it, but there is just enough content to leave listeners with a bit of an impression.
Fave Tracks: "Homunculus", "At Their Mercy"
**This release is available now on Bandcamp!**
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-Review by: Dave Raffy
Musician, reviewer, fan & promoter
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