|Review: Epsilon - Zu Richten|
Label: Mighty Music
Year released: 2015
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: January 2, 2016
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 2.5/5 (50%) (2 Votes)
BrOOthal... huh! Epsilon hail from Sankt Pölten, Austria, and they have already been making the ground tremble with a couple of EPs and one full-length release (Truly Yours and In Love, released in 2011), since the band was put together back in 2003. And here's a more determined approach to break the ground below our feet for good.
Epsilon counts firmly on a pretty similar Death Metal approach to such Swedish names as Vomitory, Entombed and Bloodbath. Substantially down-tuned, heavy, harsh-sounding and crispy Death Metal with some mandatory melody lines being thrown in is how Epsilon want people to enjoy their brand of Death Metal – and they do a somewhat fine job at that. Krise, who's also responsible for two different types of vocal performances on Zu Richten – typical, deep death grunts and Black Metal type of rasps and shrieks – makes Epsilon sound a bit like Carcass at times, certainly providing some welcome contrast to their sound. However, whereas bands like Entombed, Vomitory or Bloodbath are able to break some bones and cause some severe flesh wounds, Epsilon's Death Metal attack is only meant to produce some purple bruises here and there. Are you cool with that perhaps? Yes, they are pretty violent and forbidding sounding but not just violent and forbidding enough, I think.
Nothing too memorable or earth-shattering here after all, so do not raise your expectations too high towards Epsilon and this particular record.
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