Tuesday 8 March 2016

Affliction Gate - Dying Alone EP


1.  Negative Lucidity
2. Devising Our Own Chains
3. Dying Alone
4. Manicheism Inertia

I've been meaning to check out Affliction Gate for a while now. It's a welcome change to find a French death metal band that isn't all about slam and pig-squeals (not that there's anything wrong with this, it just gets a bit samey after a while). Anyway, Affliction Gate have been spewing out old-school death metal for 10 years now, which is quite an achievement! 2008 saw the band release their debut EP "Severance (Dead To This World)" via French label Forgotten Wisdom Productions. They released their debut full-length "Aeon Of Nox (From Darkness Comes Liberation)" a year later and another EP "Shattered Ante Mortem Illusions" in 2012 via German extreme label Metal Inquisition Records. That brings us to Dying Alone. This four-song EP came out on January 5 with the help of Indian label Transcending Obscurity. 

This EP has been garnering a lot of positive media attention since it’s release. I don’t read too many write-ups prior to reviewing a record but that attention has been hard to ignore. EP opener Negative Lucidity is a heavy slab of old-school death with some groove-laden thrash thrown in for good measure. Channelling the energy of their Swe-death heroes as well as fellow European comrades, they produce a glorious noise on Devising Our Own Chains. There’s plenty of melodic leads, rasping growls and pummelling percussion. The production is strong too but also faithful to their sound and approach. This is great track! The title-track has a strange slow-crawl to it even with the up-tempo drumming. There’s a hint of doom-death in Affliction Gate’s music, which is no bad thing and the atmosphere produced is top notch. Manicheism Inertia closes out this short EP is furious fashion. Underlining the power that Affliction Gate has. They aren’t trying to be something they’re not and they don’t fit a million notes into a second either, they just play really good death metal in the same vein as those who dragged it out the underground and into wider existence. Great stuff!

You can stream, download and purchase various merch packages from Transcending Obscurity below:-

You can also buy physical copies here - http://tometal.com/product-category/transcending-obscurity/

Affliction Gate Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/afflictiongate
Transcending Obscurity Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/transcendingobscurity

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