Before the first notes are heard, Feral Forms‘ debut EP Premalignant ought to grab attention quickly among gnarly denizens of the metal underground. There’s the “for fans of” recommendation by the labels who are releasing it: Angelcorpse, Teitanblood, Diocletian, Black Curse.
And then there’s the fact that this Italian quartet features current and former members of The Secret, Grime, Claustrum, and Fierce.
And then there’s that cover art, staring you in the face with those bulging eyes, dissolving face, and strange forehead cavities.
Now that they (and we) have your attention, it’s time to launch the music, though we must say that the EP’s title is either misleading or just plain scary: If this EP’s music is “premalignant”, it’s frightening to think what Feral Forms might do if they decided to channel fully emergent malignancy.