Thursday, September 27, 2012

Smaragos - EP

Santa Cruz knows death metal, and Smaragos is certainly no exception. Featuring 2 members of Son of Auerlius, vocalist Riley McShane and bassist Max Zigman (who also did guitar/programming), the release ranges from blistering tech-death/grind to eastern sounding stuff; at one point a sitar is even employed. It's immediately clear they have a wide range of influences they seek to combine effectively, which is an aesthetic I enthusiastically embrace.

My only gripe is the EP is too short, and I'm left wanting more. Clocking in at just over 11 minutes, they seem to be following a grind template, length wise, but hopefully a future release is planned because I'd like to see this become a more serious project.

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