Like a pissed off beast in season, the Imperialist EP from US metallers Cries Of The Captive is a raw and hostile slab of primal malevolence which only leaves appetite and ears wanting more of its exacting ferocity. It is a swamp of fury, an oppression of deathcore which from start to finish is rigorously compelling.
Formed in 2011, Cries of the Captive went through several line-up changes and shuffles before the union of rhythm guitarist Skyler Dustin, drummer Kyler Loughlin, vocalist Mason Blair, and bassist Jake Makley alongside one of the band founders, lead guitarist Jordan Huemiller. The band’s following and reputation has grown as forcibly as their sound over time, leading to the creation and release last December of the Imperialist EP. Recorded with Chelsea Grin guitarist Dan Jones, the release is an attention grabbing marker which now with its reboot through Imminence Records, pushes the Utah quintet into a new spotlight. Since its recording, Cries Of The Captive has seen Nate Barnes replace Makley and the band begin work on their debut album again to be unleashed via Imminence, with 2015 looking like being another big step in the band’s ascent.
The Muay Thai Body Obliterator opens up the tempest, a guttural snarl from Blair working with a guitar sculpted niggle to confront ears before dramatically pungent rhythms and caustic riffery break out to entice and erode the senses. It is an uncompromising squall of sound and intent; from the corrosive delivery of Blair which is indecipherable yet open in its malice and passion, to the flesh ripping spite of the guitars and bone splintering tenacity of the rhythms, the track is a brutal examination but just a teaser for greater things to come.
The following Condemned has its jaws deep in body and thoughts within seconds of an opening roar of vocal hate from Blair. Riffs spear and desensitise whilst rhythms bruise and exhaust, combining for a torrential outpouring which alone grips attention. It is the excellent variation to the vocal attack, which still defeats all attempts to understand the lyrical maelstrom, and the sonic mesh of melody veined acidic grooves which thrusts the track to a new plateau to its predecessor though. Whether charging with nostrils flaring or crawling over the senses with a pestilential glee, the track is a glorious invasion of blistering sound and malicious enterprise.
Next up, Solipsism makes a less intensive though no less intimidating entrance. It is merely a few breaths though before the track stalks with bestial fury aligned to a scorching sonic enticing, creating its own distinct and addictive savagery. The vocal diversity is a horde of seductive demons, calling the passions with many voices as the turbulent sound and intensity collides with and irresistibly baits emotions around it. The track as all on the EP, is a nest of invention beneath its primal voracity, smooth turns through numerous flavours and striking ideation waiting for those brave enough to rupture the surface tension of the raging storm above it.
The title track brings the release to a close, setting another impressive standard and variation to sound and songwriting. Emerging from a sultry melodic climate of sound and expression, the track offers a bearlike ferocity of rhythmic swipes and carnivorous riffery, each taking its passion seducing toll on body and senses. Again lyrically there is little we can reveal such the raw onslaught of Blair but it is of little issue in the concussive and scintillating uproar surrounding him. Graced by a sonic beauty which manages to permeate the hate to equal success, the song is a thrilling and lingering finale keeping release and band a captivating proposition in thoughts and hunger.
Imperialist easily sets up swift and eager anticipation for the band’s full-length encounter and a thoroughly impressive and deeply satisfying incitement for itself. Cries Of The Captive is a fury on the march with a sound which does not take no for an answer.
The Imperialist EP is available now via Imminence Records @ http://imminencerecords.bandcamp.com/album/imperialist
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