Review by Michael on March 9, 2022.
What do you do when you are a British musician these days? You record as much stuff as you can in some different bands because the Brexit and Covid-19 don't offer too many opportunities in England. Empty shells and a lot of restrictions within the last months left not too many options to deal with your spare time.
So here we go with the new project by Andy Whale (Darkened, ex-Memoriam, ex-Bolt Thrower) and his comrades from more or less well-known British and one Irish bands such as Zealot Cult, Ashen Crown or Severe Lacerations and hearing these names you probably know what is going to happen within the next 12:40 minutes: old-school death metal! The EP called Time's Up offers three relentless tracks which do have some similarities to Bolt Thrower concerning some melodic guitar riffs, but this is just very marginal. Here and there you can find some influences from old British crust bands. The tracks are very fast and don't have too many melodies or guitar solos but a very punching wall of blast beats and fast staccato-like wall of guitars. The vocals are pretty crunchy and dark sounding a little bit like Gord Olson from Darkened does who besides did the recording, mixing and mastering for them.
'DeathCollector' starts with a very gloomy repetitive riff like Bolt Thrower used to do in the past but soon the guys start to beat the shit out of this track. The melodies that introduced the track are completely thrown aside and the track turns into a very heavy and brutal piece. 'Internal Expansion' convinces me with all the breaks and tempo changes that give the track a lot of dynamics. The last song called 'Terrorizer' doesn't have much to do with the US grind institution but shows much more crust and punk influences, especially concerning the drumming. Of course, all is tuned down into death metal, but I think the band cannot deny these influences right here.
I am curious what will follow to this demo since I think it is a very good start for a promising career.
Rating: 8 out of 10314