Sound — 9
Wow. That is the best way to describe the feeling I felt as soon as the first note hit my ears. This band has some serious talent at making music that is extremely heavy and fast while refraining from becoming muddy and murky and instead, achieving memorable passages that I find myself replaying in my head for the rest of the day. There sounds if deeply entrenched in the deathcore genre, however, it refrains from becoming too clich. When the inevitable happens, and they slip into moments of "clich" blast beats or breakdowns, you cannot help but forgive them because they do it so damn well. Each song has multiple riffs that make me want to loop the particular section over and over until iTunes freezes or my laptop runs out of battery. The transitions are near perfect and each breakdown will make you want to start a mosh pit in a nursing home. The drumming is thoroughly impressive in technicality and is perhaps the defining feature of the EP. The blast beat are strategically placed to accent the guitar and vocals perfectly, and set a magnificently violent mood for all the tracks. There is no reprieve from the carnage, it is a slaughterhouse all the way through. Overall, this EP has something special going on with its instrumentation, unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the lyrics.
Lyrics — 5
The lyrics are the one thing that holds this EP back from becoming a true hit, the lyrics. If anything can be called clich on this record, it must be the lyrics, forget the ever present blasting and chug breakdowns. It seem as if the lyricist was trying his hardest to be a hate filled, misanthropic malcontent. And that is the problem, it is not organic. It comes of completely contrived and quite frankly, like a Whitechapel rip off. His vocals, however, are quite impressive. His shrieks are complimented perfectly in such a manner that would make the like of Trevor Strnad smile. Overall, the lyrics is the Achilles heel of the EP. Complete disaster is averted by the above average vocal capabilities of the singer.
Overall Impression — 8
Overall, this is a very good album. It would be great if the lyrical content migrated to a more organic feel, but nonetheless, still very much worth the 18 minutes it takes to listen to it. All 5 songs are exceptional and each one brings something to the table that makes the listening experience quite enjoyable. If I had to pick, the top 2 songs would be "Whore to a Chainsaw" and "Breeding Bacteria", they possess the full package required to have a successful song and then some. If this CD was stolen, I would replace it, although I cannot necessarily say I would purchase it.