Release Date: June 19th, 2011
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According to the Oxford School Thesaurus, other words for ‘terrifying’ are ‘blood-curdling’, ‘spine-chilling’ and ‘unnerving’. These are just some of the adjectives I will be using to describe Execute The Sinner‘s latest EP, ‘Threnody’. From the off, it is nothing short of 22 minutes of sheer ferocity. It’s like sitting down to an episode of The Simpsons that was set in Dante’s Inferno.
This is their second EP, and the Canadian four-piece seem to have become even more pissed off in the last couple of years. This, coupled with their unique spark of creativity has created something beautiful yet disturbing. Take ‘When The Time Is Stretched’, it starts as chaotic as hell before seamlessly transcending into an oddly appropriate keyboard interlude.
More often than not, black metal vocals sound similar to the guttural growls of a gothic pig. However, Jean-Michel Cadieux‘s vocals stay on the right side of the dark/ridiculous border, adding a bold and terrorizing effect to each song. Combined with Aimé Duquet‘s exceptional guitar work only emphasises just how talented these guys are. With technical flourishes (which are more technical than a twelve-sided rubix cube) populating the majority of the album, giving their sound a more intriguing and exciting quality.
I chose to listen to this EP in the dead of night, with the windows open and just the light of my laptop to keep me company. This was a stupid idea, as not only did it put me in an aggressive frame of mind, but it also made me terrified. This lead to the unfortunate incident of me round housing my girlfriend when she came home. However, I digress, this EP is incredible. It’s dark, heavy-as-fuck, insanely technical as well as being god damn catchy.
Written by Andy Roberts