Location: Uzhhorod, Ukraine
EP Year: 2013
My first question when I clicked over to Crucify Me Gently’s Facebook page was, “what the hell kind of genre is ‘sad aggressive’?” As far as I could tell, the upstart outfit from the Ukraine are the first band to use that label for their music. 2 songs into their debut EP, “Eternal Torments,” I knew why they chose to label their music that way: it’s aggressive, and very gloomy and doomy.
The track “Execution” features slow breakdown after slow, angry yet somber breakdown. Coupled with the range of vocalist Alex Rusnal, the track slams the listener into a bleak, gray world of emotional distress, fog cloaked forests, and an uneasy presence of anger.
The pace picks up a bit on the next track, “Are You Alive.” It still features that murky feeling, just at a faster rate. Drummer Vlad Karnak really shows off what he’s got to work with on this track. There is an air of panic and anxiety that looms throughout the entire EP, and it’s very hard to get used to, but if you can locate it, it’ll pull you right into the heart of their music.
Overall this was a solid debut EP. I think if anything, an additional guitarist might help them to take their sound to the next level. I’d recommend everyone at least gives it a shot. Check out faster tracks like “Fallen Father” before getting into their slower paced ones.