This begins in darkness and gradually gets darker and darker. Fucking ‘grim’ isn’t the word. This Macedonian-based crust-influenced band confront theses somber elements with bare-knuckled ferocity. The opening track ‘As dawn turns black’ to draw comparisons is at times reminiscent of Tragedy. The second song ‘Downfall’ is more unconventional in it’s sound. It is the complex detours in this that keeps the sound fresh and your foot tapping. Lyrically here they talk of their general disgust and repulsion towards the cataclysmic decline in humanities compassion.
‘Tombs in ruins’ keeps that heavy aggressive tone, this time with dissonant black metal riffing being picked out at immense speed over it. ‘P.T.S.D (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder)’ breaks that speed where we can take our breath again. With the bass guiding you down another dark path, where you know things are going to kick off very quickly again. The more you listen the more you notice the musicianship on this. As the ‘Outro’ fades you out, you just want to quickly flick the record stylus back to the start again. The album is one sided, with a beautiful engraving of spectral skeletons on the flipside.
Released by :
Hecatombe Records, Grind Your Mind Records, Chainbreaker Records, Mono Canibal, Potato Records, Back On Tracks Records, Ffud Rec, Black Against Night Records, Fucking Kill Records, WOOAAARGH
When putting on this record, I did like most and started flicking through the lyrics. Born For Slaughter from Skopje/Struga (Macedonia) are poetic and reflective in their views of the world. With that they also have great contrast and variance in their sound. Going since 2011 they have done two European tours, a split LP with Silence Means Death and now this superb split 7′ with Myteri. On this, they open with the song “Prison’s Abyss” which is a complex song consisting of many different and connected changes. There is a twitchiness, perhaps a dark unease that resonates from every note. Their next song “Dead Life” is threatening and has an unrelenting tension that is just ready to burst. But still multiplex in it’s arrangement. You could label them crust, as clearly that is there. But there is so much going on musically it makes them very authentic and not just doing the excepted conventional.
Born For Slaughter and Myteri have gigged together in the past, which eventually brought about the idea for sharing a split together. Both are well suited as they are step above a lot of bands. Myteri have ex-members from exceptional Swedish band Eskatologia. They mix elements of metal, crust punk, hardcore with the melodic. There are obvious comparisons of Tragedy or maybe Victims. But I only compare them due to the innovative harmonies of the dual guitars throughout both songs on this. Myteri are undoubtedly heavily crafted with their numerous guitar runs and bass lines going through every verse and chorus. I would call it sophisticated dark hardcore, but that would sound a tad posey for a sound that is so enraged. Tense attacking dual guitar and vicious sounding vocals, that you have to listen to over and over again. They have a new album coming out this year called “Ruiner”. This ep is a must for the collection.
Released by :
Phobia Records, Halvfabrikat Records, Svoboda Records, Black Against Night Records, Dingleberry Records and Schwiningx Records.