Evil Warriors – Shattenbringer (Shadowbringer) EP

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label: https://www.facebook.com/IntoEndlessChaos/
Released: 2020
Buy Album: https://evilwarriors.bandcamp.com/
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/Evil.Warriors.Excess

Band Line-up:

Alastor – Guitar
Beast – Guitar/Vocals
Exesor – Drums

 

Tracklisting:

1. Fliege 5:20
2. Wahrheit 9:11
3. Schattenbringer 8:31
4. Untitled 21:56

 

 

 

 

 

Review:

In the Eastern German city of Leipzig the Evil Warriors bring a chaotic cacophony with their newest EP Schattenbringer (Shadow bringer). I am surprised I have not heard of them since I live in Leipzig and am aware of many of the local bands in the black metal scene. This group on the first impression deliver a very 90s traditional black metal sound. They have some thrash elements and follow a mostly basic formula. There’s some chaotic elements to their songs though there’s nothing groundbreaking or setting them apart from most contemporary black metal bands. It’s black metal up until the last track. They were apparently trying to blend the cold cosmic ambient atmosphere of Darkspace with the morbid dissonances of Abruptum and the raw sinister fury of Arckanum.

Their EP Schattenbringer or Shadow Bringer starts with 3 songs which are what one can expect for black metal. The 4th track is an instrumental piece and 21 minutes long. It makes this EP around a full-size album in running time. The fourth, untitled track is an attempt to create a dark and chaotic ambience with the use of guitar and various reverb effects. The result is pretty amateurish, boring and inferior to comparable experiments as done by English prog-rock guitarist Fred Frith (Henry Cow) already in the 1970s. I think it’s just too long and so different from the rest of the album and just there filling up space.

Aside from the first track the others were longer than 8-9 minutes. I actually think their first 2 albums were a bit better. I can understand their need to artistically experiment. This EP is ok but I really felt it was too long and dragged on a bit. It provides some great atmosphere and its overall sound quality isn’t bad at all. Evil Warriors are capable musicians and since they are local I will try to catch them at a live gig and see how they are on stage. I think there’s definitely more potential and I will not diss them for experimentation and exploration of their musical capabilities. I recommend giving them a listen and see for yourself. I give them a rating of 3.5 out of 5. It’s a decent black metal album especially when you enjoy some traditional old school black metal with an additional bit of ambient and atmospheric music to chill to.

 

Review by Cathrine Wendt

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