The debut EP from UK metalers Amongst Carrion is beast of staggering might and striking quality that short fuses the ear through unexpected pleasure as much as it does with crippling herds of rampaging riffs and destructive melodic interplay. We That Should Not Be is a deeply impressive release that unveils a band already at great heights in its development but still providing evidence there is so much more to come, a frightening and very pleasing promise.
Formed in 2010 the quintet from Newport, South Wales the band started out as a cover band but with a completely new line-up has since emerged as one of the most promising bands in UK metal today. Consisting of remaining founder member lead guitarist Dan Coppuck alongside vocalist Joshua ‘AJ’ Lewis (ex- Chase The Sunset), rhythm guitarist James Hampson, bassist Dan Pugh, and drummer Scott Waters, Amongst Carrion discovered a new drive and seriousness that inspired a creative growth resulting in the eruption of might that is We That Should Not Be. From what one could call a fallow start the band has evolved into a brutal force to leave metal staggering under its destructive weight.
As metal as it is metalcore the EP buckles the knees from its very opening refusing to leave one to find their feet until it has finished its intrusive destructive testing of the senses. Influenced by the likes of Parkway Drive, Miss May I, and August Burns Red the band are merciless in their consumption and habitation of the senses, laying waste to their ability to feel and leaving a very satisfying numbness in their wake.
The release opens with an intro promising epic proportions, an ominous warning of what is to come. That is soon realised with Shadows Over Me, the song erupting with bone shaking rhythms and coarse withering vocals from Lewis. The guitars slice through with chunky intermittent riffs as well as razor sharp scorched melodies. Sauntering with eagerness as open as the destructive intention permeating it, the song snarls and rages wonderfully over the keen vein of creativity spearing it.
The title track continues the fine start bringing an insistent badgering of the ear aside from the towering inferno of riffs and raging rhythms. As on most songs the groove that underlines the aggression is firmly mesmeric and a strong counter for the continual onslaught above. At this point it is apparent the vocals of Lewis do not come with a lot of variety but he is strong and appealing at what he does so for this release the lack of diversity certainly can be overlooked.
The gut churning violations of Painted Red with its In Flames like groove and obliterating rhythms, the strong The Fear in Her Eyes, and the Killswitch Engage flavoured Snowblind, all keep the emotions riled up and body brutalised to great satisfaction. It is fair to say that Amongst Carrion are still finding an uniqueness to their sound to truly take them away from similar flavoured bands but that is just a matter of time and right now they easily lead the pack anyway.
We That Should Not Be is an impressively colossal debut from the band and set to take Amongst Carrion to a prominent position within UK metal.