Plague Bearer EP

Written by: PP on 22/08/2010 21:41:16

Vilipend are a brand new mathcore outfit from Toronto, Canada, whose debut EP "Plague Bearer" acts as a warm up to their upcoming full length debut later this year. From what I've read, they're meant to have an intensely tight live show where they carry their influences proudly on their sleeve, those being bands like Botch, early Norma Jean, and why not also Converge. Nuances of all three bands can be found in various passages throughout the three track release.

It's not difficult to believe the hype about their live shows, because their stop-start, fiery sequences allow for just the sort of terrorizing movement on stage that makes for an exhibitionist (not in the pervert way, by the way) performance. To spice things up a bit, sounds and inspirations from sludge metal and also noise rock are thrown in for good measure. This places Vilipend on a tightrope between, surprisingly, math metal and mathcore/hardcore, with at least one track ("Magnificent Desolation") borrowing riffs and ideas from The Dillinger Escape Plan's "Miss Machine".

It's a tight, albeit somewhat unproduced, debut release that paves the way for a more destructive full length this year. If Vilipend continue on this path, and improve the production for that release, they'll easily be reaching toward the higher marks on this site. If you're a fan of any of the bands mentioned, though, I'd wait and check out the full length, because "Plague Bearer" EP is very clearly a record-in-the-making but perhaps a little too rushed to appeal widely just yet.

Download: Magnificent Desolation
For the fans of: Botch, The Dillinger Escape Plan, early Norma Jean
Listen: Myspace

Release date 24.04.2010
No List Records

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