EP REVIEW: Bound In Fear – Eternal

Release Date: March 12th 2021
Label: Unique Leader Records
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When making the focus of your music the death and destruction of everything around you, what can you do to ensure there is a light at the end of the tunnel to balance it all out? We shall see what Bound In Fear can concoct in their cauldron with their ‘Eternal’ EP.

Opening the flood gates, ‘Cardinal Sin’ opens with haunting and shrill synths that cast down in a blast of deathcore and screaming roars that will send tremors through any faint heart close enough to feel them. The visceral screams and bellows of Ben Mason coat every word with a dose of ferocity, and ensures a powerful hit to the inner core.

Blending grindcore and death metal, ‘Left To Drown’ pounds with bass drops aplenty, mixed with dissonant riffs that verge of the artificial and the sweeping pace of drummer Alex Richins, who flits between rapid kick pedals and smashing cymbals that keep you guessing what might be lurking around the corner.

Introducing hardcore punk rebellion, ‘My Mind, My Poison’ changes up the screams and roars to shouting blasts. These are thrown against a backdrop of synths, making for a tyrannical assault on the senses that are encased in a nice short timeline rather than a drawn out progression of riffs.

Building up the drama, ‘Everblack’ drops in and out of existence with brief pauses that only heighten the tension before being released in a cacophony of fuzzing low end riffs from Ben Sutherland, who displays an extreme amount of dexterity (and pedals) to switch between ominous cleans and calamitous drops.

‘Eternal’ is a beatdown that has enough variety while not overloading itself. The only drawback is that the rapid sections could do with an extension to introduce more excitement.