Author: Laura Cosheril
There is something incredibly appealing about the thought of a brand new band with brand new material; the feelings of curiosity and excitement sort of pique for us reviewers in these situations. With that in mind, let me introduce INDOMINUS, a brand new Death Metal band from Northern Ireland Featuring a few members from a previous band FORCHRISTSAKE. Formed only at the start of 2016, they’re very much babies swimming around the metal scene. Northern Ireland seems to be a dark horse when it comes to releasing good metal (GAMA BOMB, WAYLANDER and the likes) and after listening to this EP, I can tell you that INDOMINUS are a fine addition to the Northern Ireland metal scene
Beginning with “Leeches” we’re assaulted with heart-pounding double bass and some brutal guitar and vocal work. This track was released by the band’s aforementioned project a few years ago so it’s not technically new. But with that being said, it sounds new. They ramped up the production quality giving a crystal clear sound that was lacking on their previous version of this track.
The following track “Backbone” is very different from its predecessor in such a way that for the first two minutes I wasn’t sure if it was the same band. This track is a lot slower in tempo yet maintaining the level of brutality that was present before. It kicks off around the two minute mark and all is well again. With that being said, “Backbone” is not the stand-out track for me, that title belongs to the following song “Shadow”. This track is immensely catchy and I felt myself accidentally humming it throughout the day. The riffs are infectious, the drums are tight, the vocals are on point and the bass is very prominent in this track. It is much more melodic than the rest of the album and almost reminds me of early INFLAMES. With that being said, they don’t always sound like INFLAMES. The next track “Fragile Existence” had an Old School Death Metal feel to it and the closing solo was very reminiscent of DEATH.
Lastly, we have the title track which is where the gloves come out and there is a no holds barred feel to it. They really show off their musical skills in what sounds like the most musically challenging track on the EP. With this track they really make sure that you don’t forget them; a brilliant way to close the EP.
All in all, I’m incredibly fond of this EP, every track is different and innovative. You can really feel them pushing themselves musically and testing their boundaries. If you went into this EP blindly, you could easily be mistaken to think that they were a long-standing, well established Death Metal band. I can’t wait to hear what they come out with next.
4. Fragile Existence
5. Legion Within
Mark John Payne – Bass
Nathan Glasgow – Drums
Simon Cochrane – Guitars (lead), Vocals (backing), MIDI
Logan McKee – Guitars (rhythm)