June 14, 2017


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The Pitch: North Carolina band Violent Life Violent Death fuse Every Time I Die with Watain on their 2016 album, V-EP.

What I Like:  These guys have a pretty interesting sound.  I've heard blackened sludge groups with some Southern flair in the guitars like Hang The Bastard, but this is one of the few times I've heard a band take black metal vocals and pair them with straight-up Southern-fried hardcore.  "Shallow Veins" sounds like a B-Side from The Big Dirty with Erik Danielsson guesting on vocals.  "Silver Hearts" also throws in some really intense beatdown hardcore chord structures that are certainly pit worthy.

Critiques: The compositions themselves are still missing something.  They're certainly enjoyable, and the beats will get the adrenaline pumping; but they are a little lackluster from a technical standpoint.  This is a good foundation, now we just need to Frank Lloyd Wright this b#$ch.

The Verdict: V-EP is a short but enjoyable affair with an interesting sound and tons of energy.  I hope that they can take this sound and expand on it in the future.

Flight's Fav's: Straight Teeth, Swollen Hearts, Shallow Veins