Release Date: 2012
Genre: Death Metal/ Deathcore
Massachusetts based Death Metal quintet ‘Murdoc’ have recently released their debut, self titled, four track EP which combines aspects of occasionally groovy Death Metal and down-tempo Deathcore.
The first track ‘Creatures Of The Night’ provides the listener with a vague idea of what is expected from the remainder of the EP and consists of a relatively authentic combination of fast paced Death Metal and gut wrenching breakdowns.The second track on the EP ‘Fallout’, perhaps the best song, is essentially an old school Death Metal track containing guitar work which I would consider the defining aspect of this release.
‘The Problem’, perhaps the heaviest track on the EP, consists of primarily groove based Deathcore and ‘Six Deep ends the EP with more of the same brutality, but with hints of an Opeth-esque dissonance and progressive structures which could possibly be a sign of Murdoc’s future releases which I hope there would be plenty of.
The only slight problem that could be improved is, despite them being almost demonic at times, the vocals lack any real variety and provide the album with a slightly monotonous sound which could be ignored in an EP, but if Murdoc were to release a future album it would be difficult to avoid.
Overall, this EP has a little something for everyone. Whether you’re a fan of ‘nostalgic’ Death Metal influenced guitar work, chugging breakdowns, progression or even just something to punch your friends to. Murdoc could potentially become massive if this release is anything to go by and I thoroughly recommend giving them a listen.
For fans of: Cannibal Corpse, Dying Fetus, Job For A Cowboy, Whitechapel, Wretched, The Acacia Strain