(In sympathy with our brothers and sisters on the East Coast who are enduring Hurricane Irene, our second post of this Saturday is TheMadIsraeli’s review of the free EP from a Hungarian musical hurricane called Meankind.)
Who exactly is this dynamic duo who dare to call themselves Meankind?
That’s right. The most boss of metal duo’s ever. Extreme high-speed death metal offered in short doses on this band’s debut EP 22.Zero is what you get. Meankind can do melodic, atonal, brutal, grooving — you name it, and Meankind will write a riff that will suit your needs. (more after the jump . . .)
Guitarist Tamás Pencs unleashes hard, intense riffs ridden with wild abandon. Vocalist Péter Kelner has a BEASTLY gutteral growl of epic proportions. I haven’t heard a death metal vocalist this convincing and this consuming in a long time. The drums (or according to their FB, “Mustache”) are played by non-official member Zoltán Baki, and he really knows how to tear shit up.
The thing that sticks out about 22.Zero, that gives it a unique feel, is that the band is playing death metal using an extremely digitized-sounding djent production. It fits the music very well and makes the band sound like they’re smashing glass baseball bats on your skull, turning your brain into a shard-littered pile of mush. What drives me nuts is that Tamás Pencs is also the guy behind the band Absent Distance, a band I can’t stand for the life of me. Guess you really can’t judge a book by its cover. These guys are onto something here, and I strongly suggest you grab this EP. It’s free after all.
WHAT’S THAT?! FREE YOU SAY!? Why yes, this band did the smart thing and released their music for free. You can grab 22.Zero here: http://www.mediafire.com/?qjl8uc445makmyl