Taking black metal and thrash and fusing them would be just as destructive as an atomic bomb, and that is exactly what Widower has done. They took two entirely chaotic genres and mashed them into one and what you get is exactly what you see in the cover art. The Unholy Oath is the sophomore release by these destructive heathens and in this release they pack five songs of pure madness. The Unholy Oath is more thrash metal than anything else, but what you do get out of the black metal side not only is the shrieking vocals but you get the church burning abyssal energy to go along with face melting thrash.
Each song is forceful and wants you to know that they are here to stay. Widower doesn’t take any time to kick your teeth in and open a pit to hell either. They burst out of the gate with the intent to kill and sacrifice anything that they see fit, and after one listen you quickly realize that that ambition is not too far off base. As short as The Unholy Oath is, it definitely packs a punch and Widower makes sure that you feel it.
It is almost as though Widower took the essence of nightmares from black metal and stuck it with the face melting abilities of thrash and played at double the speed of mere mortals. The Unholy Oath makes you want to start a mosh pit and sacrifice a goat all at the same time which is quite the feat.
The amount of energy and chaos packed into this release is quite startling. From the first note you get nothing but neck snapping chaos and blood bubbling speed. The Unholy Oath is played at an alarming rate, a rate that makes your speakers burst into hell fire without warning.
You end up getting attacked by sharp yet poisonous riffs, head caving bass lines, savage and purely chaotic and earth shattering drumming and vocals that are wholly demonic and command the forces of evil. Everything about this release is straight forward as Widower doesn’t fuck around. They immediately get to the soul shattering metal and from there on out they never back down.
The Unholy Oath is earth scorching, soul damning and completely detrimental to your health. The destructive thrash noise combined with the unbridled hatred of black metal makes for one hell of a time. This EP isn’t something that you can just listen to once, just prepare yourself for the damage that ensues.