When comparing music to movies, it is often stated that metal is most comparable to horror. Both rely heavily on the realm of shock value, drawing in adrenaline junkies who wish to be subjected to the truly uncomfortable. And of course, there are your slow burn horror movies and metal bands that like to create an atmosphere to fuel your terror. Then there are those who do not care much for the long lasting scare so much as they do about the initial impact. These are the slasher movies of each genre, movies that revel in their ability to cause as much gore and destruction as possible in their allotted hour and a half time slot. At the center of all these slasher movies is the unstoppable juggernaut of a villain who every viewer secretly roots for as they disembody teenagers who simply want to camp and have promiscuous sex.
To be frank, atmospheric black metal is a genre that’s really, really easy to get right. Throw some folksy, naturalist guitar leads over tremolo chords and blast beats, slow it down for a meditative clean section every now and then, let the vocals act as more of a percussive guide to the music’s flow than anything else, and boom: you’ve got atmospheric black metal a la Weakling, Wolves in the Throne Room, Saor, and countless others. Conversely, it’s also a genre with a lot of forgettable bands; everyone is so focused on creating such a specific sound that experimentation gets thrown to the wayside in favor of the old paint-by-numbers experience.
Welcome to yet another week of No Heroes In New England, where we scope out the latest, greatest hardcore from the Northeast and give them some much-deserved cred! Let’s get to it, shall we?
“I have come here to chew bubblegum, and kick ass…And I’m all out of bubblegum.” And with that famous line, Engorged proceeds to kick the listener’s ass. The quote sums up Engorged perfectly. The album doesn’t pretend for a second to be serious death metal. It’s filled from end to end with samples from different zombie movies that lighten the mood and provide an amusing direction for the album to follow. But as you’ve been warned, Engorged has completely exhausted their supply of bubblegum, and is ready and willing to kick your ass with ugly, nasty, death metal.