Hailing from Mississauga, Ontario is aptly named Plague Weaver with their brand new two track self titled EP. As short as this offering is, it does provide you with raw, dissonant, foreboding black metal that keeps you coming back for more shadowy malevolence. Within only two tracks, this self titled EP grips you tightly, ever slowly dragging you where sunlight does not reach. This self titled release is a compelling and engaging offering, one that supplies you with two great blackened offerings one right after the next.
Plague Weaver begin their devilry with their opening track titled Condemned To Worship. This track begins with a foreboding intro that comes complete with an eerie piano entry that is backed by shadowy whispers of the damned. Once that intro subsides, Plague Weaver hits you with unsettling mid tempo riffs and palpable drumming that is only to be backed by ever wicked, venomous and dissonant vocals that ring through the halls of the damned. This is a very well executed track that will get stuck in your head for quite some time in part due to the ritualistic chanting vocal delivery of the chorus. This track grips you right off the bat with the cold dead hand of the reaper, keeping you engaged and enchanted by the blackened malevolence that Plague Weaver exudes. Condemned To Worship is a solid track opening track that sets you up for the rest of the malevolence that is about to be ushered forth.
Once the mid tempo ritualism of Condemned To Worship subsides, the second and final track YHWH appears from the darkened abyss. YHWH is a more up tempo blackened assault than that of Condemned To Worship. This track is a short yet grave desecrating cut complete with scythe like riffs, raspy hellish vocals and tumultuous drumming. Even though this offering is more up tempo than that of its predecessor, it still very much so is melodic and engaging all the same. YHWH keeps you on the edge of your proverbial seat as it shifts tempos quite often from up tempo to mid tempo all the way back to its shrine desecrating up tempo pace. This track is and feels more gnarled and punishing than the opening track is it rips forth out of the gates never to look back with soul cleaving riffs and ever jarring drumming. This track is a great compliment to the opener as it offers up some of the same characteristics as the first track, yet veers off a path all its own to provide you with variety and an overall well rounded blackened sound that is hard to forget.
This is a very solid EP from Plague Weaver as they gift you with two exceptional black metal tracks that each have something different and unique to offer. With more melody than that of purely traditional black metal, each of the two tracks here are highly memorable and infectious as you will have a hard time getting them dislodged from your memory. With great song writing and great musicianship, Plague Weaver offers up two great tracks that keep you coming back and wanting more.
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