Slam death metal kings Ingested are back with a new EP, and seemingly not content with rest. We virtually know what to expect from them at this point, with their instantaneous yet slightly scatterbrain approach.
The band’s fourth full-length, ‘The Level Above Human’, was only released last year, yet it seems that they’re keen to stay busy with some more fresh material on ‘Call Of The Void’.
Opener ‘Mouth Of The Abyss’ is straight to the point and hard-hitting, yet the free-flowing drumming of Lyn Jeffs, always an asset, helps to propel the song greatly. Jason Evans‘ growl also helps to elevate the hard-hitting nature of their sound.
The aforementioned track is certainly a multi-faceted showcase of their talents, flipping between their thick-sounding death metal and their more hardcore-inspired sections in a very fluid way.
‘Eternal Kingdoms, Pt. 1’ helps to mix things up a little bit with lighter sections before the riffing and fury comes back in. This song is certainly another journey of sorts, again going in more than one musical direction – an impressive guitar solo helps us close this song out, and it’s succeeded by what seems like an extended interlude; its counterpart, ‘Eternal Kingdoms, Pt. 2’. With some captivating interlocking guitar work in this track, this definitely helps to keep us perched on the edge of our seats before ‘The Empyrean Creed’.
The final offering of this EP has on show technical prowess and immediate beatdown sections in equal measure. Ingested are clearly one of the best bands to engage in this style, and this track in particular utilises some black metal inspired guitar lines which help to bring tension.
The blast-assisted section in the second half of the song really lifts things, and the energy is definitely maintained throughout. Whilst the fade-out feels a little unnecessary, it’s not a distraction from what’s come before. Keeping it short and sweet, Ingested showcase their mastery of their craft in one quick EP.