Every week, I makes sure to update my playlist with a few short EPs. These little bundles of music are absolutely perfect when you just have a break of 5-10 minutes and you need something to refresh your brain with. And when you need music to get you pumped up, hardcore punk is the go to genre. There is something about this simple, rebellious genre that makes it easy to switch off your mind and just enjoy the music without a second thought.
Today I present to you two bands that share a few common traits, but sound significantly different from each other. While Bleach Everything dwelve into the extreme side of hardcore punk, Death Motif borrows elements from the hardcore genre and fuses it with extreme black metal and thrash metal to create an interesting combination.
Bleach Everything – Free Inside
The pounding drums and the intro riff give the EP a ritualistic start in the title track. Bleach Everything’s music is a form of hardcore punk that leans towards grind territory. The simple hardcore riffs and the gangchant vocals that are screamed with a rebellious passion, leave no doubt about this band’s choice of subgenre. The music has a very raw tone, almost as if it was recorded while the band played inside a garage. While this wouldn’t sound appealing in most cases, it fits the band’s punk styling absolutely perfectly.
The grinding edge in Bleach Everything’s music becomes more evident in the track ‘Facehugger’. My favorite track off of the EP, this track expands on the traditional hardcore formula with sections that are borderline doom metal, before resuming the brain pummeling aggression.
Brimming with high energy, this is a small EP that keeps one occupied for just under 5 minutes. It’s quick, to the point and highy enjoyable. The band’s raw sound and simple riffs, makes this a perfect EP for a quick energy boost.
Death Motif – The Water
Death Motif call their music dirty black and roll metal. While this terms is not wrong, it definitely fails to capture everything that goes on in the music. ‘The Water’ explodes right off the bat in full chaos mode. The vocal delivery and the rhythm showcase a strong hardcore punk vibe. Weaving through various tempos and packing in a lot of riff variations, the band leaves the listener no choice but to get hooked. The only constant in Death Motif’s music is the chaotic atmosphere. There is blackened thrash feel to the riffs and this is something that is shared by the other two tracks as well.
‘His and Hers’ starts on an atmospheric notes. The production, however, makes sure that the chaotic element is ever present and it is helped by the brilliant drum fills. The track slowly transitions into a groove laden black thrash attack with acidic vocal work. True to it’s name, ‘Slow Dance’ sports a sludgy pace and puts the atmosphere to very good use in mesmerizing the listener.
Death Motif is an interesting beast that doesn’t stick to one particular style. This aspect makes the EP a rollercoaster ride of sorts. ‘The Water’ is a must hear if you like your music blackened.