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