Overthrow – Ascension Of The Entombed Review

There I was, immersed in the aftermath of a sensory onslaught courtesy of the German legends, Destruction, when a flyer found its way into my hands outside the venue....

Blackened Death Metal

Redefining Darkness Records

Released – End of 2023

 

Studio Band:

Jay White – Vocals/Guitars

Scott Lindsay – Drums

 

Live Band:

Jay White – Vocals/Guitar

Ekin Oykener – Guitar

Jay Gladwin – Bass

Scott Lindsay – Drums

 

Tracklist:

1 – Ascension Of The Entombed

2 – Lords Of Xibalba

3 – Ruptured Nebula

4 – Caustic Vengeance (Blindly Driven)

 

There I was, immersed in the aftermath of a sensory onslaught courtesy of the German legends, Destruction, when a flyer found its way into my hands outside the venue. A courteous young man informed me that his band, Overthrow, had just unleashed their latest EP and asked if I’d be interested in snagging a copy. Promising to give them a listen, I pledged that if they impressed, I’d pen some thoughts about it. Well, folks, I finally dove into the EP, and let me tell you—it’s not just good; it’s downright phenomenal!

Picture this: a sinister film excerpt sets the stage for the title track, and just as you’re settling in, a riff crashes in with vicious harmonics, propelling us into a realm of serious blackened death metal. Jay White, the mastermind behind vocals and guitar, seamlessly transitions from a death metal growl to a nasty black metal gargle at the snap of a finger. Meanwhile, drummer Scott Lindsay keeps the energy levels soaring with an Olympic-worthy display of double kicks.

Enter ‘Lords Of Xibalba,’ an exploration into the Mayan underworld, roughly translated as the ‘place of fright.’ Raw, raucous, and downright frightening, White weaves in old tri-tones, attempting to summon evil spirits into your living room for a macabre musical fiesta.

‘Ruptured Nebula’—sounds painful, doesn’t it? This track is a crushing lump of death thrash that wraps and spiders its way around you. And just when you think you can catch your breath, the doomy intro of ‘Caustic Vengeance (Blindly Driven)’ kicks in. Spoiler alert: it’s a white-hot inferno fueled by another blackened riff and a relentless pounding rhythm.

Digging into my research, it turns out that Overthrow has been rocking since 2011, yet they’ve only graced us with 2 EPs and a full album in that time. Quality over quantity, I’d argue. This is top-shelf extreme metal that goes straight for the jugular, showcasing a plethora of technical prowess. Proudly hailing from London, I’d confidently pit these guys against any other extreme band out there!

 

Written by: Smudge

Ratings: 9/10

 

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