EP: Subject To Slaughter – Eschatology
June 18th, 2016
Coming from a country such as Cape Town, South Africa can have its problems when it comes to the metal scene. A country not particularly known for its extensive selection of bands, it comes to a surprise to many that a like Subject To Slaughter will more than likely fall under the radar. This is a band, however, that practically made their own genre (melodic djentcore) and exist within their own bubble; as an underground metal band that are just ripened to be made.
This band are practically a death metal band based upon their vocalist Stefan Prins‘ performance. On tracks such as ‘Ripened For Gorging’, where the band bring the intensity up a couple of notches in both subject matter and in terms of instrumentation, Prins plays his role amazingly well. With the sound of additional black metal vocals provided in tracks like ‘Verlassen’ building upon Prins pure death metal styling makes for the group to have an incredibly interesting sense of composition.
The band also unleash riffs that could rival any other djent band and their technical proficiency. This is seen especially in songs such as the suitably named ‘Omega’ which resonates well and will appeal to fans of this genre incredibly well. This is not all that the guitars can do either, with both Conrad Lottering and Kobus Neethling playing off of each other to give a progressive guitar solo. This is seen on the track ‘Massacre In Paradise’, where the riffs end this track amazingly and give a sense of bliss to the band’s otherwise dominating display.
Finally, the rhythm section of drummer Anrich Engelbrecht and bassist Werner Barnado makes for the band to have their heaviness seen in full display, with tracks such as ‘Ripened For Gorging’ relying on the pure unadulterated heaviness of the bass, making for an immense listening experience from the band themselves.
Finally, the introduction to ‘Eschatology’ is brilliant. Bringing the EP in with a false sense of security, the band show their melodic side by taking a journey with the listener with the sounds of orchestral instrumentation, such as organs and violin. The group bring in the sense of creativity that many bands miss (especially in a genre so heavy as deathcore), and bring the metal world to their knees.
This is a group that are as creative and as integral as any extreme metal band. The group will hopefully shine on major bills such as Bloodstock in a couple of years, and hopefully this is a band that will shine through on the underground and many fans of extreme metal will be aware of.
Written by Bradley Cassidy (@bradcassidy170)