Plague Throat
An Exordium To Contagion EP

When listing countries that churn out the best death metal, India would likely be way down the line of most people’s lists.  But lurking in the depths of some of these lesser known countries, however, you can find some solid metal being played.  That’s the case here with three piece band Plague Throat, who has given us their debut EP that proves it’s not all about where you grew up.

Sporting an old school death metal/doomy sound, not unlike Revolting or most any band off Razorback records, this is actually a very catchy album.  There are only 4 songs on this EP, but they’re a nice rollicking pace that’s not too fast and not too slow, with the thick guitars the main emphasis.  Vocalist Nangsan belts out a nice death growl with some higher rasps thrown in, all while handling the aforementioned string duties.  He’s joined by bassist Iaidon, with the drums unfortunately programmed as the drumming is good but doesn’t seem all that complicated for an actual human to pull off.

Most of the songs are around the 4-5 minutes mark, featuring the stabbing power chords that lovers of down-tuned metal will eat up.  They’re present in opener “The Pretentious and the Deceived”, all the way to closer “Sinking Higher”.  You do get some monotony breaking solos, as near the 2 minute mark of “Pretentious”, which adds some depth to their sound.  It’s obvious that this trio (they have a live drummer) is not interested in setting any BPM records, instead knowing what they do and pulling it off quite well.  This band is worth keeping an eye on, as a full half hour of their sound and a studio drummer would be an album I would definitely be interested in.

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Written by Kevin E
October 10th, 2013

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