Visions Of Blood And Gore
Review by Vladimir on January 29, 2024.
Although I usually feel like avoiding gore obsessed death metal bands due to not feeling any amusement in my desperate attempt to check it out, I still feel like you can find some good stuff out there that is not a complete waste of time. Case and point of this review will be covering the Chilean death/black metal/grindcore band Onslaught Kommand, with their first EP Visions Of Blood And Gore, released on January 26th, 2024 via Godz Ov War Productions.
Onslaught Kommand strikes hard with a commanding and gut-wrenching death metal, mixed with Beherit style black metal and grindcore, rocking out with tremolo guitar riffs, drums that switch between fast rhythmic playing to either slow or double-bass, and deep guttural growling vocals. Songs like 'Old Death Ripper' and 'Visions Of Blood And Gore' represent the faster pulsating death metal/grindcore songs, while 'Headless' is much slower and more oriented towards a moodier and atmospheric approach. On top of that, they add a cover of Pungent Stench’s 'Dead Body Love' as the final track on the EP, which actually blends in quite well with the rest of the tracklist.
Overall, the EP is very simple and straightforward from start to finish, which in its total of 4 tracks manages to stay true to itself with its consistent musical style and ongoing aggression. It’s a very short lived experience I must say, however it does provide a very nice glimpse of what kind the direction this band approached with their material, with every of the aforementioned traits that will certainly be expanded in the future. I do actually like the retro vibe gore cover photo that compliments their music as a whole, and gives the kind of feel that the songs themselves create. If I could honestly describe this EP as a whole, it would be “it ain’t much, but it’s honest work”. The sound production gives a nice and aggressive buzzsaw death metal guitar tone that really compliments the drums and guttural vocals nicely by adding that sweet touch of gore to it.
Although it may have been a short lived experience, I still hold high hopes for something much bigger in the future, especially since I see that there is definitely something that is just one step away from hitting the right note entirely. Onslaught Kommand is yet to achieve greatness, and I have no doubt that their next work will definitely do so.
Rating: 7 out of 10282