(TheMadIsraeli reviews the debut EP by Ovid’s Withering.)
Well Trollfiend, you got what you wanted.
Trollfiend asked me after a post of mine a long time ago (I don’t remember which one) if I ever thought Blackened-djent was possible or if I knew any existed. At the time, at least to my knowledge, none existed. That is until now.
Ovid’s Withering are exactly that: Black metal and djent combined to create one of the most epic aural experiences I’ve gone through. I honestly didn’t think it was fucking possible, people, and while this isn’t an entirely pure blackened djent experience (lots of tech death is present as well), a boundary I didn’t think breakable has officially been broken. This band is also quite relevant to my interests, and I assume all of us here at NCS as well — this band has 7 Horns 7 Eyes vocalist JJ “Shiv” Polachek doing his beastly savagery on the mic.
This is Ovid’s Withering’s debut EP, The Cloud Gatherer.
The black metal present here, to some people’s pleasure and I’m sure to the disappointment of others, is not old school, but more of a late Emperor flavor. If you didn’t like Prometheus – The Discipline Of Fire And Demise (my favorite black metal album), you may not even like what you hear on The Cloud Gatherer. But those who loved the progressive, wonky, almost sinister, circus-like mood of that album will be in love with what’s going on here. Combine it with a style of djent that is very much of the Swedish persuasion (Meshuggah, Vildhjarta, Means End) and mix it with the death metal ferocity of bands like Nile, Fleshgod Apocalypse, or Septic Flesh, and you have Ovid’s Withering.
What ensues is a face-raping and a multifaceted, blood-and-bone-fragment splattered ass-whooping. In only 3 songs this EP leaves you battered, bruised, but wanting more. This band pulls out all the stops. When they aren’t covering everything around them in hellish firestorms with their blazing speed, they are warping the time/space continuum with perplexing grooves or soaking the listener in a tidal wave of powerful, classic, black metal symphonics.
My suggestion from this point on consists of a three-step plan.
1: Listen to the EP on the embedded Bandcamp player
2: Realize how futile existence is without this shit in your life
3: Download or purchase this since it’s choose your price
I leave you with “The Cloud Gatherer”. Also, I love the fuck out of that art.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Ovid’s Withering are at work on a full-length album planned for release later this year. At the moment, it appears the band’s fans have used up the monthly allotment of free downloads on Bandcamp, so there is now a minimum purchase price for the EP ($3) until the free downloads begin again next month. Here are band links: