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Death Engine: Amen
Dark Hardcore, Noisecore
Throatruiner Records
June 20th, 2013
Release length: 16:41
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Throatruiner Records presents the debut recording from France’s Dark Hardcore/Noisecore band, Death Engine. It will be available as a ten inch vinyl pressing, as well as a free digital download. Standing at four tracks total that clock in at over sixteen minutes, it stands as a ruthless offering, but is Amen worth even the cost of nothing but your time?

“No Hope” is a crushing experience of slow paced, highly distorted riffs and sandpaper shouting vocals. The atmosphere is dismal, picked up by cleaner background hooks that stand out a lot more on “Dallas,” fueling the speed and aggression with some additional hooks that will have you banging your head along to, especially during the larger and darker climax. The energy here carries into “Gun,” a truly intense offering with solid, catchy guitars, primal and rhythmic drumming, especially during the end, as well as solid studio effects used.

Amen ends on the title track, the longest of them all. Akin to groups like Neurosis and Amenra, the pace starts slow with a Sludge pace and even performance, gradually building in intensity and grandeur while still remaining uncompromising and ruthless. After its peak, “Amen” shifts to extended reverb and held guitar notes, feeding a droning performance that also has some static covered vocals in the background. A solid performance, it does start to dull by the last minute, minute and a half, but still ends up worth the experience.

If you’re into crushing, dark and atmospheric Hardcore, Amen by Death Engine is well worth your time. You can pick this up for free through their Bandcamp page, or throw down four US dollars for the ten inch pressing. Whichever method you happen to choose, this is an EP that is well worth picking up, and standing as one of the most impressive entries into the recent Noisecore explosion that is taking over the Hardcore world. especially for a new group.

01. No Hope – 2:30
02. Dallas – 2:38
03. Gun – 3:47
04. Amen – 7:46
Initial Pressing Score: 9/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Throatruiner Records via Panoptikon Press.