Less than one year after the Nihilistic Legion demo was released, the one man blackened death metal band from Israel releases this EP titled The Hunt. This four track EP is blisteringly fast, so don’t blink otherwise you may just miss it.
The intro Opening the Gates bleeds directly into the finger shredder Destroying the Temples of the Gods. The remainder of the songs takes a hint from the first two, and that hint is, shred now, ask questions later. The whole album is blisteringly fast. And while no two songs sound identical, the traditional black metal staples are there; the repetitive hyper riffs, the tumultuous drums, and the mid to high shrieks.
The hate fueled riffs are what propel this EP. They are repetitive sure, but almost every black metal riff is. What they are is infectious and they stick in your mind for days to come. The drumming is fast and on point forever keeping up with the riffs. The vocals on the other hand are of a different variety for black metal, which is where the death metal aspect comes in. The vocals are mid to low range, but never reaching a guttural standard. They are gravely and shriek, and rip and shred slicing your ear drums like someone shoved razors down your ear canal. The vocals that did feel out of place to me were the guest vocals on the final track Son of Lies. The vocals are more guttural and a little too low for the music that is being played making them feel out of place and never really in sync with the rest of the music.
Over the course of the EP you can feel the hatred pulse and you can feel that Nihilistic Legion wants to destroy God at all costs. The Hunt moves swift and fast with the destructive force of a tank. Over all, The Hunt isn’t something that is revolutionary. It is text book black metal, with a couple of tricks to keep it from being over played and used up black metal. There are too many bands that just use the text book definition of black metal, making the music quite stagnant. Nihilistic Legion throw in a couple of tricks to make it not as stagnant and to keep things interesting. The Hunt is a good EP and a good listen for all of you damned souls out there.