Warschach – Beyond the Fog

7/10

Philly’s own Warschach serves up their new EP, Beyond the Fog. If you were craving a bit of that dark and foggy Halloween vibe in the middle of summer, here it is. This death metal project stems from Kevin McKeon, who flexes his multi-instrumentalist powers on, bass, and keyboards; accompanied by Dustin Manucci on guitar solos and drums.

Clocking in at roughly 12 minutes, this album brings a whole new definition to short and sweet. It’s structure packs everything into the shortest album I’ve ever heard, with the exception of some grindcore albums, and doesn’t really give any doubt about anything that could be missing. It’s a condensed version of something that could’ve been longer, but really didn’t need to be…in a good way. Not everyone’s got time to sit and get stoned for four hours to deep dive into their own souls everyday.

With great musicianship and all around even sound, Beyond the Fog seems to crack into that before-they-were-famous Metallica vibe, but a little (or a lot) more death metal. A garage trash version of Dethklok perhaps. What with being a DIY recording, it’s pretty on point. Definitely sounding like it comes from a home recording scenario, but damn it’s done well. Nothing sticks out too much, nothing is too abrasive (yes I know, death metal IS abrasive, but it’s PROPERLY abrasive okay!) or wrongfully balanced. It’s trashy, in all the most appropriate ways.

Ending on a bit of a more flat note towards the end of the album with “Stares Back at You,” we lose a bit of steam compared to the first track “Harbinger,” which hits me as extremely catchy and well balanced in terms of composition, as well as “From the Ground Up.” However, this doesn’t seem to bring the general feel of the album down. All in all a successful release, I’m looking forward to hearing more from Warschach.

Written by Talia Plante
*Edited by Dominic Abate

About Talia Plante 53 Articles
A classically trained pianist from the Laval suburbs, Talia sees no other clear path in life other than her passion for music. An experienced music teacher and social bird, she seizes any opportunity to be with others. Being an avid psychonaut and lover of emotional connection, she can often be found at parties of any variety, likely rubbing her face on cats she’s allergic to, or somehow slipping into conversation that black metal and baroque music are really just close cousins. Her lifetime favourites include Black Sabbath and Liszt, and anything even remotely psychedelic, doom, or stoner-like. Her current dreams are to become the modern day Mary Poppins (umbrella and children’s laughter included), buy a van to drive across any drive-able land, and spread sunshine wherever she goes. If spotted in the wild, the best way to make her smile is to ask her anything…or offer some cheese.

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