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Review: Beheading the Goddess – Entering Oblivion

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From Green Bay, Wisconsin, Beheading the Goddess released Entering Oblivion just four days before the start of 2017. In an age where some of the more well-known deathcore bands are experiencing genre fatigue, identity issues, and possibly a mid-life crisis, Entering Oblivion is a breath of fresh air. This four-tracked little gem is roughly twelve minutes long and seems to display common sense in areas where many older bands could certainly take notes.

The first and title track is a breakdown track, a deep set of pipes and down-tuned chromatic chugs going just a little over a minute and a half. Now trust me when I say this, less is more… as listeners, we tend to have a love-hate relationship with bands that have breakdown songs going as long as four minutes; on the one hand, we love the breakdowns and the chugs that ensue, but admittedly, it gets boring after just a few listens – I used to love albums that were imitations of Chelsea Grin’s Desolation of Eden, what was once an obsession from the first track till last had become tracks that I would skip. This track has found the sweet balance of delivering the breakdowns and then leaving before it wears out its welcome.

Picking up the pace, “Bound By Black” features Joshua Winzer-Irwin of Reburial, and is an example of how much better a deathcore song can be when it is not simply rushed. Part of the reason that metal elitists despise deathcore as a genre besides breakdown dependency is also because “it sounds messy and all over the place whenever the drums try to be fast”. Due to its groove riffs and guitar leads, I would say this is one of the more death and groove metal friendly tracks. I would also definitely put this track as my favorite on this EP.

“I, the Wretch” is perhaps the most technical track on the EP; displaying the band’s . There are many breakdowns and riffs that would make this song pass for djent, but I think the high-light of this track would be the guest vocals done by Brandon Dugan of Deciphering the Zodiac

The final track “…And Hell Followed With” is a neat array of machine gun double kick triggers, breakdowns, and exceptionally good vocals that I’m sure would make the former members of And Hell Followed With proud…

This EP is deserving of an 8.8/10. As far as I’m concerned, it is great to hear a recent band that is happy to be a deathcore band and not being repetitive or boring about it. Too often, listeners end up gravitating to albums released nearly ten years ago due to the lacking of connection with today’s albums. By sticking to the target audience that actually matters, and not mixing beer and ice cream, I can see bands like this one keeping deathcore fresh and alive for many more years to come.

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