Coated in just the right amount of blasphemy and filled with plenty of melodic death metal tunes is Heathenspawn’s five track self titled debut EP. The musicianship is tightly knit and the vocals are monstrous and the overall sound is that of evil and hell fire. Through these five tracks you are provided with well orchestrated death metal that gets your head nodding from the very first track on. For a debut, this is an impressive outing as it feels as though Heathenspawn has been around the block a few times even though that is not the case.
After a short lead in and after the vocalist states, “Welcome to hell…”, Heathenspawn kick right in to over drive gifting you with a romping tune right from the get go. As mentioned, there is a short intro but once that disappears in to the grim and fog filled night, it is all death from there on out. Each track hits hard and certainly is heavy and you really don’t have a choice but to move your head and crank your neck. Each of the five tracks on this release are solid and well executed and coated in a fair amount of devil worship.
From the opener Hell’s Tavern on, Heathenspawn provide you with ripping track after ripping track, and each of these tracks just don’t seem to let up. With great guitar play coupled with blasting drums and roaring demonic vocals, Heathenspawn cook up a recipe for scorching the earth. Even though each of the five tracks on this release certainly are blasting and pummeling, there is melody that is worked in to each of these tracks as well. With plenty of melody worked in you are provided with a smooth, memorable and of course heavy listen.
There doesn’t seem to be a weak track on this release as each one is just as head bang worthy as the ones that came before it. This self titled release is profane, dark, grim and of course heavy. These Australians concocted something memorable, heavy, satanic and addicting with this self titled debut. This is a release that you don’t mind playing over and over again as it provides you with some great tunes to sacrifice to, head bang to and just enjoy overall.
This is a good stepping stone and a nice step in the right direction, and from here on out I would expect to hear more from these guys and if a full length is to appear in the future I hope that it will be as solid and well put together as this release. And while we wait for that full length, we have this work of the devil to enjoy.