‘Essence of the Land‘ reigns supreme with death and black metal attributes. Nightmarish ambiance begins on the EP before blossoming into supreme layers of technical assault, this remains just the introduction track as ‘Diabolical Being‘ slays multiple genres at once building up into a chaotic atmosphere of Fleshgod Apocalypse meets The Black Dahlia Murder. Carefully pacing itself into the second track ‘Regurgitate‘. Whirlwinds of futuristic riffs traffic amongst death metal growls and gurgles eventually erupting back into their almost black metal boundaries with the detonation of howling screams and triggering drums.
Warforged‘s EP is almost over before it’s even began, ‘Phantoms of the Mist‘ penetrates the listener immediately after the first monstrous screech from vocalist Adrian Perez, also the man behind the keyboard and piano (Which appears towards the end of the EP). Instrumentally this track begins to feel like The Faceless could have created this, the song itself is beautiful and mesmerising. Blending softer elements of metal with some of the most extreme vocals you could find amongst the metal world. Whilst ‘Tainted Heart‘ softens the EP’s unique experience, it doesn’t take long for the piano to soothe out, and back in comes the superbly technical, exploding riffs that unfortunately eventually fade into the end of this blistering gem of an EP.
2014 definitely brought us this surprise rather early on into the year, leaving future releases to really step-up their game if they want to overtake in Warforged‘s current success. ‘Essence of the Land‘ deserves all the glory it can soak up, and no doubt Warforged will continue to blissfully impress on a future release if enough effort is poured in as it has been on this delicate, but unfortunately short EP.
For fans of: The Faceless, Fleshgod Apocalypse, The Black Dahlia Murder, I Killed Everyone, Behemoth, Fallujah, and Spawn of Possesion.