Metal Review – Bowl Ethereal: Five Minutes EP

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Bowl Ethereal: Bowl Ethereal
Hardcore, Mathcore
Self-release
December 12th, 2013
Release length: 6:06
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Virginia based Bowl Ethereal is a two man outfit formed of Pen Rollings (Honor Role, Loincloth) on drums and Brian Metz (Amish Control Tower) on guitar, bass, as well as the production side of things. Recently they took to the internet and made their debut self-released demo EP Five Minutes available for download through their official website. The five song release only spans a whopping five minutes and is composed of one-minute Mathcore/Hardcore instrumentals, but is this really enough to impress listeners?

First of all, Five Minutes‘s audio pushes pounding bass kicks and sharper guitar distortions on melodic leads, though much of the recording relies on slower-paced material that shows off the well-paced Mathcore technicality. “Twenty Three Exciter Dreams” establishes the pace with a great hook to start things off. The mid-range effect used on the riffs that follow sound rather bland, relying on the bass that does little to help outside of the drum kit. Sadly the performance towards the end starts to sound sloppy. It’s an issue that isn’t an isolated incident, but does flow nicely into “Initial Nutrient Receptacle” that sounds like a group of amateurs performing semi-complex material for the first time in two different states with little known about what each other is recording in the studio. Things do pick up, gaining speed and a brief Progessive inspired solo on “God’s Damned,” a tighter performance on “Cryonic Slumber,” ending with an obvious breakdown rich in bass guitar twang on “The Sixth Sickener” that, like the song before, cuts out at the end for absolutely no reason.

If Bowl Ethereal‘s goal in existence is to perform one minute long songs, then they approached this concept the wrong way. Wrapping Mathcore introductions against somewhat technical Hardcore breakdowns may win over the kids looking to dance at local shows, but that’s about all it works out for if the tracks aren’t intertwined together, which just defeats the whole purpose of only doing sixty second songs and making the overall concept entirely flawed. You could argue that Five Minutes is nothing more than a sampler of the band’s actual five songs, sure. If that were the case then it’s about time to make the full tracks available. Sadly, that doesn’t seem to be the case. While Five Minutes is well paced with two good tracks and a few catchy moments, this demo EP offers little more than background noise, which is a shame coming from these two respected Virginia musicians.

01. Twenty Three Exciter Dreams – 1:00
02. Initial Nutrient Recepticle – 1:00
03. God’s Damned – 1:00
04. Cryonic Slumber – 1:00
05. The Last Minute – 1:00
Initial Pressing Score: 4/10

Bowl Ethereal
Bowl Ethereal

Digital review copy of this release provided by Bowl Ethereal via their official website.