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'From The Hellmouth' EP
(Redefining Darkness Records)

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Jools Green

from the hellmouth

I was initially drawn to the 'From The Hellmouth' EP by the name, optimistic that it would sound great with a name like that and I was not disappointed. It does, as they say, what it says on the tin, literally, coming roaring from the mouth of hell, tearing all asunder in its path.

On a more serious note, anyone familiar with Cleveland's death/thrash/groove Metal outfit Solipsist might well recognise the pipes gracing this self titled EP as those of the Solipsist vocalist Noah Buchanan, here, covering bass, guitars and programming as well as vocals and joined by the brutal battery of Alan Cassidy (The Black Dahlia Murder) on drums, whose percussive endeavours are superbly delivered across the whole of this release; a fitting match for Noah's obvious skills.

This five track, twenty minute offering of death Metal delight takes cues from Bloodbath and Hypocrisy adding a modern spin and blends extremity and brutality with touches of melody and the result is impressive. A small percentage of that credit can be given to the good production which has maximised the sheer power behind the overall delivery.

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Opening with 'God Told Me To', punchy opening riffs, a battery of drums, a brutal roar and the assault begins, brutal in both the lyrical content as well as the delivery and the riffs punctuated with just enough melody to make the track flow and be listenable but not enough to soften the blow; a stunning track.

'To Infest The Mind' is up tempo with a slight groove and more crushing riffs along with lyrics that are delivered like a punch to the face. I loved how the keyboard element in the second half adds an almost deranged melody. Brilliant stuff.

'Eat The Blade' opens with a pummelling force to the riffs. This onslaught is maintained until midway when it drops away to melancholic guitars, whispered vocals and an overall bleak haunting mood, a contrast that is stunningly effective.

'We Rise' begins with a haunting repeated build, the pace ramping up on the arrival of the growls which are here, as on all the tracks, stunningly good, powerfully executed, well intonated and accompanied by riffs that are delivered like a hail of bullets from a machine gun.

Final track 'Carved From The Flesh Of God' has bleak, crushing riffs, a dark, dismal groove and is an addictive and atmospheric listen of devastating proportions.

'From The Hellmouth' EP is available as a limited edition CD (200 copies) 4 panel CD digipak with cover art from No. 37 and booklet art from No. 27 by Zdzislaw Beksinski or as a digital download from and is a stunningly good EP that gets better with every listen. I can't fault any aspect of this EP.

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