Album Year: 2012
Location: Inland Empire, California
Facebook Link: Here
Since their formation in 2005, Pencil Lead Syringe has put out a demo, EP or full-length almost every year despite never being signed to a major label. Although they remain a “local band”, Pencil Lead Syringe has refined their unique sound to a point where they can write music just as well as more successful deathgrind acts.
In 22 minutes, “Pencil Lead Syringe” draws the listener in through a moody first song, pummels them with three straight-up deathgrind tracks, then slowly brings down the adrenaline level with an electronic song before hitting them once more with “The Nervous Man In A $2 Room” and then letting them think about what just happened with a slow 5-minute outro. For being a band in a generally fast, brutal genre, Pencil Lead Syringe knows how to give the listener a break. I have no problem listening to the whole EP in one go, thanks to the instrumentals and slow slam breakdowns. Although it can be slow at times, “Pencil Lead Syringe” isn’t ever boring or repetitive.
One of Pathology’s many ex-vocalists, Ramon Mercado provides vocals for Pencil Lead Syringe. If you’re a fan of the vocal style used in Pathology, you’ll like Ramon’s work. The vocals don’t have too much range but are fitting for the style of music. Chris plays both guitar and bass on the EP, and does a pretty good job. You can actually hear the bass which is kind of neat, especially in a genre where the speed of other instruments (especially the drums) often drowns out the bass. Gerry does a good job behind the drum kit, and thankfully just doesn’t play blast beats and double bass the whole time.
Overall, “Pencil Lead Syringe” is an interesting EP that is definitely worth checking out if you’re into deathgrind, grindcore, death metal or deathcore. I greatly enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to see what Pencil Lead Syringe is up to in the future.
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