|Review: Transcendence - Hour of the Summoning|
|Hour of the Summoning|
Label: Blood Harvest
Year released: 2018
Originally released in: 2017
Review online: June 15, 2021
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Hour of the Summoning
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)
One of several bands named Transcendence, this is the one from Los Angeles. They present a rather aggressive form of death/thrash on this EP, with the balance tipping definitely more on the death metal side of the fence. This stuff is pretty heavy and kind of old school to some extent, but with the modern speed and aggression we've come to expect from newer bands. The vocals are a bit of a hybrid of harsh thrash vocals and death growls and they really add a lot more hate and filth to the gritty sound of the music. The songs are mostly fast-paced but this is not hyperspeed death metal, just fast, so there's ample time—over several listens—to peel the various layers and appreciate what's on offer here. This is raw and brutal yet kind of melodic, with more than enough catchy bits to leave an impression that lasts after the EP has ended. Basically, some good death/thrash playing on the extreme but without sounding like a barrage of noise. Transcendence released a first full-length in 2020 and, after listening to this EP, I'm certainly looking forward to checking that one out.
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