- Gerald Ruschel – Vocals
- Mo – Guitar
- Phil – Bass
- Efrem – Drums
We’re pretty sure that it’s long been understood that none of us are going to hear anything ‘new’ in new music. Everything’s been done before, yadda yadda. And yet it’s hard to deny that an unpopped kernel of hope remains, ready to burst into life as we hover our finger, mouse, whatever over the play button. It’s disappointment that largely blooms though.
So goes the story with Blight, the new two track EP from Frankfurt am Main’s The Green River Burial. With Gerald Ruschel new on the mic, the band have undertaken an all over shake up of their sound, bringing in more tech and groove, and losing some of that core gubbins. And there seems to be something growing on the cover.
It’s hard to imagine anyone getting truly excited about it though. Like truly taking this to heart. ‘Armilus’ is decent enough, once you get past the over-long intro, with a stab at technicality that will go down well with those who favour breakdowns over showing off. The guitar flashes away like a background warning sign, but there’s nothing of substance happening up front.
‘Dajjal’ occasionally slips into deep Phil Anselmo-style spoken bits between the deep-end growling, and still hanging in there core clean vocals. It’s another one for a small warm-up mosh pit, for kids needing somewhere to release, which makes the continued attempts to do something more with the guitars feel like someone putting gilding on a rusty bucket because that will make it look better. The ending just gives up with a stilted, stuttering, almost fairground, carnival line. It’s like a plod through soft-sucking mud in clown shoes. It’s not exactly dynamic.
The difficulty with these super short EPs that appear all the rage is that they don’t leave any room for missteps. Both tracks have to be awesome, really really awesome, because they don’t have anything else to lean on. Neither ‘Armilus’ or ‘Dajjal’ can be described in those words. Let’s hope the full length album manages more.