Friday, October 9, 2009

Sardonic - Parasites EP (2009)

Sardonic is a German death metal band with a pair of albums under their belts. Similar to another band I've recently reviewed (Fleshworks), they've got a former member of Branded Skin, but the material this band performs has a fun, thrashing edge to it which is thoroughly entertaining throughout the EP.

Title track/instrumental "Parasites" is the first out the gate with a nice buildup before they level the field with some grinding rhythm guitars that will probably have fans of Bolt Thrower, Asphyx and Hail of Bullets sweating in anticipation. "Unskilled" is a faster old school number with a verse that reminded me slightly of older Pestilence because of its thrash inflections. "Swarm" simply struck me like a bullet to the temple, an infectious thrashing plague with occasional lapses into deathgrind. "Cannibalism Gospel" is a pure moshpit piece with some Slayer-like breaks, there are plenty of grooves here, whether the choppy format at the beginning or the flowing breakdowns in the middle of the track with their cool guitar atmosphere. "Death By a Thousand Cuts" has more of the band's fast, thrusting rhythm and "Black Acid, White Fire, Red Death" has a slower, burning groove to it.

For an EP, it's well worth tracking down, as none of the songs will really let you down. The material is punishing and catchy enough that you'll listen back on it. The band's previous efforts to this release evade my memory, but if Sardonic could release a full length of this quality I'd be psyched to hear it. Fans of simpler, bombastic death metal with bone crunching sound should take note.

Verdict: Win [7.5/10]

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