Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Review: Evil Damn - Black Effigy

Though not with a large amount of releases behind them, the Peruvian death metal elites that form Evil Damn come from Goat Semen and ex-Black Angel. The group formed the project in 2003 and released their only demo ...Through Black Abysses... in 2004 before falling back into the shadows. Ten years later and the band have finally released a substantial follow-up, aside from a couple of splits, that will hopefully prove their worth where death metal lies; or is Black Effigy just another crude representation of the genre?

Genre: Death Metal
Release Date: January 31st, 2014
  1. Caller of Abominations
  2. Black Effigy
  3. Embrace by Death
Total Playtime: 14 minutes, 10 seconds





Rating: 6.0/10




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Though not with a large amount of releases behind them, the Peruvian death metal elites that form Evil Damn come from Goat Semen and ex-Black Angel. The group formed the project in 2003 and released their only demo ...Through Black Abysses... in 2004 before falling back into the shadows. Ten years later and the band have finally released a substantial follow-up, aside from a couple of splits, that will hopefully prove their worth where death metal lies; or is Black Effigy just another crude representation of the genre?

With not a lot that can be said, this short three-track offering of in your face blackened death metal from Evil Damn is, for the majority, on par with nearly any other release of the genre that can be picked up. There's very little to distinguish it from anything else that would be included on an album from it's respective genre; from the guitar tones, to the vocals, to the drumming. "Embrace by Death" is the most decent event of the material, with tribal drumming and a gentle doom caressed intro, although there's a slight Nile undertone to it all. One other minor selling point to the material is the squealie solo in "Black Effigy", but these two minimal inclusions hardly justify a purchase or even a listen. Another punch in the gut for Evil Damn on this release is that the mixing is heavy on the left speaker, leaving the content off center for no rhyme or reason other than error.

Like it's name suggests, Black Effigy is a carefully carved representation of what blackened death metal should be. Without anything to differentiate it from any other material of the same consistency that may grace your ears, it's difficult to suggest any attention towards it. The content isn't a means to see how creative or well skilled the band is, but rather how well they can reproduce the sound of the genre. If you really have nothing better to listen to right now then give this a shot, otherwise lend your ears to one of the better releases from this year.

Digital Download Provided by: Hell's Headbangers Records

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