Friday, December 20, 2013

Review: Horrifying - Euphoric Existence

This album showed up in my inbox out of nowhere one day by a label I'd yet to hear of; Blood Harvest. Located in Sweden, this label deals with black, thrash and death metal genres and with that being said Horrifying fit the bill perfectly. Horrifying are a (now) four piece band from Chile... and well, little else is known about them; no Facebook or home page exist for them currently and no biography or synopsis was included with my promo bundle. The only thing to go on is that they formed in 2010 and have previously released a two track demo in 2012. Euphoric Existence is the second release from the band and the first to be picked up by a label, what audible experience lies behind the shroud of mystery?

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Blood Harvest
Release Date: September 13th, 2013
  1. An Agonic Death (Intro)
  2. Euphoric Existence
  3. Petrifying Hallucinations
Total Playtime: 11 minutes, 50 seconds

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Rating: 8.5/10








This album showed up in my inbox out of nowhere one day by a label I'd yet to hear of; Blood Harvest. Located in Sweden, this label deals with black, thrash and death metal genres and with that being said Horrifying fit the bill perfectly. Horrifying are a (now) four piece band from Chile... and well, little else is known about them; no Facebook or home page exist for them currently and no biography or synopsis was included with my promo bundle. The only thing to go on is that they formed in 2010 and have previously released a two track demo in 2012. Euphoric Existence is the second release from the band and the first to be picked up by a label, what audible experience lies behind the shroud of mystery?

Once you get past the feedback intro and into the muffled blitz of tremolo guitar riffs you may start to set this release to the side and stare at it scornfully with the mindset that it's going to be yet another old school death metal revival album; Satan knows you've had enough of those this year and just one more might be the lump of stinking shit in your stocking that finally makes you go on a murderous rampage. But wait, what's that... a melody? Interesting song composure? Defining vocals? Yes! Now you can feel bad for being such a judgmental jackass. Horrifying have managed to devise an interesting old school experience in just three tracks of low grade unholy glory.


Euphoric Existence is recorded in a suppressed low grade production that gives the content a gritty, raw quality that is reminiscent of early black metal rather than the higher treble primordial death metal releases. The vocals reinforce this idea as they are deranged shrieks of echo-laden madness. During the main majority of the content, the high treble guitars saw their way through the dense atmosphere of each track with diverse, and surprisingly melodic, tremolo riffs. Though that being said, this EP has hints of doom metal along the lines of early Autopsy or Asphyx recordings buried deep in the midst of thrash/black meshes; the title track is by far the best example of the doom nature that the content can easily take on. The drums are a roaring bombardment of distorted cymbal crashes, fuzzy snare whacks and pronounced bass kicks; this is where the thrash part of the material comes into play. The drummer employs the use of blast beats sparingly and always seems to have an array of grim backing rhythms to keep the album interesting through some minor tedious guitar sections. Horrifying even apply creative skills to the content in both the introductory track and during the first bit of "Petrifying Hallucinations" where pedal effects and whammy bars run rampant.

Euphoric Existence is an enraptured death metal release that packs in more creativity, style and personality in its short twelve minutes than a lot of full-length releases have done this year. Horrifying are definitely one band to keep an eye on, as they show a lot of promise and potential very early in their formation. The only recommendation here is to cut back on the tremolos and incorporate more guitar structures. The slower doom grooves are just as impacting as the hot and furious mainframe of the record and will hopefully stick around for future releases. Highly recommended, do not pass this one off as a simple OSDM revival! Available for a mere $4.56 USD over at the Blood Harvest Bandcamp.

Digital Download Provided by: Blood Harvest

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