Resin Tomb’s latest EP titled EP 2020 is 16 minutes of death metal magic. The three-piece from Queensland, Australia has emerged as a breath of *grinding* fresh air in a metal community that has experience stunted growth in 2020.
The EP begins with Abrogate. The first track on the EP sets the ballistic, brutal, and dark undertone that the bands put forth throughout the entire EP. The second track is Penance which continues along a similarly technical and creative avenue. I think this is the best song on the EP when all instruments, including vocals, synthesise to make a terrific whole that sums up the entire EP in the space of 3 minutes. You can check Penance out here.
The third, fourth and fifth tracks are Surfacing, Prostrated and Bestial. Resin Tomb describes themselves as ‘Dissonant Death Grind’. I see the dissonance insofar as the EP truly grinds and can at times be unpredictable, but the EP still manages to find a synthesis or a consistent sound throughout which stands as the foundation for Resin Tomb’s future creative licence.
This is a really solid EP and I think we should all keep an eye out for Resin Tomb in the years to come. This EP is only a hint at what the band is capable of and while the band is growing as musicians, it can only be hoped that they will a feature-length album in the months/years ahead. If such an album was written it would be interesting to see if the band experimented a little bit with building their sound or if they continue down the tried tested and glorious death grind path.
If you enjoyed Dissection’s ‘Storm of the Lights Bane’ and MGLA’s ‘Exercises in Futility’ then you should check this EP out.
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Release Year: 2020
Label: Brilliant Emperor Records
Reviewed by Sam