Just released is the second album from Greek metallers Endless Recovery, a thrash fuelled scavenging of the senses helping to get the new year of metal off to an accomplished and highly satisfying start. Revel in Demise unleashes ten voracious roars seeded in the heavy and thrash metal scene of the eighties but just as keen to involve other extreme spices in their tenacious confrontations.
Formed in 2011, the Athens hailing Endless Recovery soon made their mark on the local underground scene with debut EP Liar Priest the following year. With their first album Thrash Rider uncaged in 2013, the band was already garnering firm interest and support, one fuelled as potently by a live presence which has seen the band over time play with the likes of Deceptor, Enforcer, and numerous Greek underground artists. The follow-up to the well-received Resistant Bangers EP of 2014, the Xmas eve released Revel in Demise makes the band’s thickest forceful nudge on the broadest attention yet.
As ripe with speed metal voracity as thrash hostility, Revel in Demise sets its stall out straight away with opener Sinister Tales, a spicy instrumental of metal diversity magnetically leading the listener into the wilder throes of the album’s title track. The heftily inviting start makes a seamless transition into the more antagonistic and primal nature of its successor, riffs and rhythms an immediate barrage of muscle and attitude driven by the blackened vocal delivery of Michalis Skliros. Group shouts add to the drama already being spun by the sonic dexterity of guitarists Tasos Papadopoulos and Apostolos Papadimitriou, that theatre of temptation courted by the dark primal tone of Panayiotis Alikaniotis’ bass and the uncompromising attack of drummer Michalis Moatsos. It is a quickly gripping beginning to the release, one arguably low on major surprises but rich in full-on incitement.
The following Reaping Fire instantly savages and entices with its torrent of riffs and tangy sonic enterprise whilst Storming Death provides a darker and more hostile environment again coloured with fiery craft and exploits from across the band straight after. Both prove to be just as barbarous as they are welcoming in grooves and hooks, the rhythms and thrash fire in their hearts insatiable provocation driven in top gear. There is plenty of twist and turns to keep predictability at bay too, the first with its spiralling guitar endeavour and varied textures and the second by the vocal scourge of Skliros crawling over the senses as wiry tendrils strikingly vein the tempestuous proposition.
Leather Militia reveals thick eighties inspiration from start to finish but within a muddy tone and air which lifts it into something more intriguing and threatening than it might have been whilst Trapped in a Vicious Circle is a maelstrom of raw fury and adventurous tenacity. At times it is a tapestry of creative clarity and in others smog like intrusiveness on the senses, contrasts working a treat throughout just as Blood Countess does with its torrential invasion of biting rhythms and smothering riffery. It too is a wall of pleasing noise and ferocity veined by searing flames of guitar and captivating grooves, and equally skilled in creating a ravaging as inviting as it is destructive.
A surface familiarity between some tracks is not a major issue when looking deeper into the openly crafted encounters. The excellent Hypnos is a great example, its start and core shape similarly related to its predecessor but quickly given its own character by the cauldron of sonic and melodic enterprise unveiled by the band.
Another lofty highlight comes with Evoke Perdition, the track a hell for leather trespass that bewitches with its nagging grooves and repetitive forcefulness in riff and rhythm, Skliros once again courting the demonic depths with his black metal spiced vocal predation. A definite favourite, the song makes way for the closing assault of Lurking Evil and a dynamically thrilling end to Revel in Demise. The track is a predator, living up to its title with an urgency and creative rabidity which not so much lurks but swarms over the senses to thick success.
The album certainly ends on its biggest high with the last trio of incursions on ears and the soul, but from start to finish Revel in Demise hits the spot perfectly. Uniqueness is maybe not as potent as the instinctive creativity and energy which definitely enriches the encounter, bands such as Kreator and Exodus often reminded, but for an invigorating and thoroughly enjoyable experience Endless Recovery masterfully gets the job done.
Revel in Demise is out now via Witches Brew @ https://endlessrecovery.bandcamp.com/album/revel-in-demise
Pete RingMaster 05/01/2015
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