EP Year: 2013
Bohemian Grove class themselves as a mix of deathcore, slam and electronic, and hail from Leeds/York in my home country, the UK. I’m always a fan of electronica and dub elements being used in deathcore and extreme subgenres, it creates a much different sound and there is so much that can be done with it. They have released their debut EP ’Eternal Ruin’ and are quickly gaining a big fanbase, most likely for their hard hitting, behemoth-summoning sound.
The EP opens with, of all things, a xylophone playing out a dainty little tune, although after a bit you realise this is actually a little creepy. No sooner than you realise that, the second track begins, and all hell breaks lose. The xylophone continues to play over a jaw-droppingly punchy riff, where the bass pedals perfectly sync up with the chugs to provide a solid, stuttered effect which works really well. About 2:17 in, there’s a part where the guitarists play the same rapid-fire, punctuated riff. I can’t get enough of this kind of instrumental work, and Bohemian Grove make it work so damn well – adding in sub drops and small periods of silence. A lot of their riffs are in this broken, stuttered style, making their work heavily technical and requires precise strumming and timing to execute.
The title track is without a doubt the standout track here. Using all the riff styles I’ve previously mentioned, and adding in some more generic, sludge riffs to accompany the throaty, rough gutturals that rage over this entire release, and also using a lot more ambient sound effects and electronica aspects. This track is THE track to listen to if you want to get a grip on what this young new band are all about, and trust me, you’ll be hooked. The final two tracks, ‘Embodiment of Evil’ and ‘Departures’ are much of the same, which is fantastic, because I couldn’t get enough of their sound. Imagine if Aversions Crown fucked Black Tongue, but Thy Art got in the action as well. Sounds hot right? Bohemian Grove deliver their spawn, and this little motherfucker is evil.
Don’t be put off by their electronic classification. There’s a lot more here to love, and you should be keeping an eye out for this name – you’re gonna see it a lot more.