This EP production is the official debut of FENRISMAW, a band that has been around since 2009. The main characteristic that you will find in their lyrics is a reference to Nordic Gods. FENRISMAW shows a lot of influences in this album, (In fact, you will be able to listen something not related to Death Metal like MEGADETH and OVERKILL) which will make many listeners disappointed about being just “another Death Metal album." Nevertheless, it should get a chance due to the potential talent of the members.
Josh Rood has a devastating voice and an incredible attitude towards the performance. I don’t remember listening to such a good new voice for Death Metal in such a good time. Brian Booth and Adam Vitti are exceptional guitar players who can bring the most melodic tunes and the most powerful riffs. They are a very talented team of guitar players which combined with the solid performance of Tony Gabriel and the awesome talent of Will Kamerman, they were able to create a very versatile production in the genre.
This EP has four songs: “The Hanging Tree” which is a good slow-paced song that introduces the versatility of the band with impressive changes in the rhythm; “Reign Of Plagues” has some more technical elements; “World Consumed” has a more Brutal sound that many will refer to CANNIBAL CORPSE or CRYPTOPSY, and “Out of Amsvartnir,” which brings some Thrash elements, make it the most dynamic song on the album. Overall, this is a very good production.
My only concern about their debut is that they played it safe. It feels like this album was made without using their full talent, instead making a very generic album just to garner attention. If this is the case, we have a very interesting new band with huge potential. Now that they’ve got our attention, they can begin bring the best out of them. But on the other side, if this is the best they can do, maybe they will never be an 'A' list band.
In conclusion, this is a well-designed album, created by a band that has nothing to lose and a lot to win. It shows that “we care about music and not about money” facet that not many bands can show off. The music is powerful, full of emotional moments and brutal performances. Maybe it sounds generic, but it has great moments that shows the potential of this band. I really hope these guys keep growing and maturing, find their style and identity and create an even better LP in the future. If you are looking for a good Death Metal Band with a lot of potential, you have one here. You may not be listening to something new, but at least it's good.
(Online June 21, 2011)