Underneath a bubbling black sky Woechanter formed combining the likes of black metal, death metal and elements of doom to create a sinister and oppressive sound. Their self titled EP features four tracks that are filled to the brim with blackened malevolence and malice, providing you with a damning and flesh gnashing listen. Woechanter begin their trek through the cutting darkness with Iron Tide. This track opens up with near serene guitar picking before harsh doom laden riffs and ever pulsing drumming cuts in. Iron Tide takes on more doom elements than the other three tracks as it trudges forth until it hits the one and a half minute mark where rapid fire drums, harsh riffs and bellowing growls from the never ending abyss appear. Through this track, Woechanter transitions between their abyssal doom sound and their ever oppressive blackened death assault with ease gifting you with one hell of a ripping and enticing opener.
The three tracks that follow Iron Tide implement assaults that are less doom oriented and more focused on death and black metal. These three tracks are soul tearing hellions that storm through black clouds of death with malice and blood curdling madness. These offerings writhe and twist providing you with a sonic darkness that soon consumes your soul. With ever cutting riffs that are supplemented by bone cracking drumming and hellish vocals, you come face to face with a deadly and poisonous track one right after another. Never does Woechanter let their blade from your throat as they storm forth providing you with an ever engaging and ever soul tearing listen.
Behind the sonic torment you can hear wonderfully clean sung vocals that add even more diversity, variety and atmosphere all throughout. The atmosphere that is present throughout this release hangs over you like a blackened cloud of dread and death, never to let you go from its grip. With wonderfully dark lyrics that add to the already gritty and grim sound, the atmosphere that runs through this record is complete, presenting you with an overall venomous and light stealing sound.
Each of the four blasphemous enchantments that appear on this release are wonderfully crafted and performed. Riffs are tight, the drumming is excellent, the clean sung almost angelic vocals are a great touch, and the unearthly demonic growls are unsettling yet very clear and easy to understand. From Iron Tide all the way through to the final cut Cold Hyperborea you are entertained and want to continue listening once the final note has rang out. These tracks are monstrous and unforgiving as they aim to drag you straight in to the darkest pits of hell.
This is an impressive opening salvo from a band that sounds like they have a lot of promise moving forth. Woechanter is a band to keep your eyes on, and this release isn’t to be looked over.
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