Release DetailsLABEL Tribunal
RELEASED ON 4/25/2006
And The Maggots Shall Inherit The Earth
posted on 6/2006 By:
Hailing from Atlanta, The Murdered play a pretty typical type of death metal tinged metalcore, that’s to say European dual harmonies and beefy breakdowns. However the biblical/conceptual nature of this solid EP does give it some character to rise above the myriad of similar bands.
There’s not much to explain musically here as The Murdered are plying a genre you either loathe of love that harkens back to the past and current North Carolina metalcore scene; Undying, Prayer for Cleansing, From Here On, The Demonstration, The Demascus Intervention (hence the Tribunal record deal) but is certainly a competent second tier offering.
While the music culls the usual death metal/melodic death metal meets hardcore array of influences, the concept of the album (The concept of the Judeo-Christian theory of the devil's rise to power and the imminent end of the world) and subsequent themes are certainly not run of the mill and are delivered by track titles such as “The Shadow Rises: Hail The Victorious Dead”, “The Blasphemer Exalted: To Be Consumed By Flames” and “The Desecrator Calls Forth: Long Live The New Flesh” presenting a far more furious take on biblical themed metalcore akin to As Hope Dies, ZAO, The Showdown and Becoming the Archetype.
None of the tracks really leap out at me, except maybe for the “The Great Deceiver Enthroned: A Scourge Upon Nations” with its super intense start. None of them are bad and focus plenty on death metal laced intensity and melodic menace (i.e.“The Revenant Consumes: The Widow's Curse”) rather than ‘core heavy attitude despite the presence of plenty of breakdowns (i.e.“The Desecrator Calls Forth: Long Live The New Flesh”). Despite its theme ..And the maggots Shall Inherit the Earth is also free from dramatic acoustics or clean, cliched breaks resulting in a pretty swift and raging EP.
Anyway if you are a fan of any of the bands mentioned in the review as well as heavier, more intense metalcore bands like A Traitor Like Judas, Neaera, End it All and Nehemiah, this is definitely worth picking up, even for an EP.
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