Are you sometimes tired of the ever similar Death Metal tropes? We are. The RMR gang often wades through a flood of much of the same muchness. Until suddenly, a bright light appears at the end of the tunnel. And we all hope that it is not the proverbial freight train.
Now luckily, the US band Gourmand sent us their latest blurb To Bring To Nothing with an interesting take on that old and somewhat tired genre. Already the band name stopped us cold. It speaks of the one that devours food, and much more than the entrails allow. That, as opposed to the gourmet, the connoisseur. So, will we find gluttony or a refined maestro at work during those short 14 minutes of airplay?
Gourmand gets you some wild mix of Technical Death Metal, prog, post, and a smattering of ambient and acoustics. Together with the elastic growls and gurgles, the RMR deckhands found an unusually varied piece that does away with the single-minded Death Metal offerings of the mean masses.
To Bring to Nothing draws from (slight) influences from the likes of Opeth or – again – Fleshgod Apocalypse. And if that doesn’t make much sense, it’s because it doesn’t. But that’s exactly what renders the EP interesting. The band indeed managed to join opposing ends of the metallic spectrum and not lose themselves in a mess of their own making.
Instead, we found a tasty and invigorating morsel of alloy that redefined the way we should look at Death Metal. A matter for the connoisseur, even if the band name indicates otherwise.
Way to go, folks.
Label: Self-Released | Web: Facebook (band)
Release Date: 26 November 2021