Apes of God - “Procession of Death” EP 2019 [8.5/10]

These guys do not waste any time and released their new EP on February 25th 2019. This is a fast paced death metal compilation with four new songs, and additionally we have two live tracks recorded at “Megarock Fest 2018”. 

If you already know the band, the consistency they have acquired is the first thing you notice when you listen to “Procession of Death”. If not, this is great starting point to get acquainted with their studio and live performance. Through 20 minutes it features great drum lines and superb vocals. Guitars are paramount and at the very core of the band’s compositions. Bass provides a powerful rhythm background filling the low frequency ranges left by the absence of a second guitar that's not entirely missed. All tracks are between two and a half and 4 minutes long and turn to be a little more melodic than what we found on previous releases, without compromising the feeling of anger expected from the genre and from the band itself. Production is clear, making all instruments audible in the mix at an enjoyable level. Some songs showcase a slowed down section in the middle before moving forward vertiginously, some may consider this akin to core styles and breakdowns, however it's just a glimpse of it not compromising their style.

Morbid Miasma (vocals on Conceived by Hate, Disorder and Witchgöat) performs additional voices on “Evil Spirit Incarnate”, adding some blackish tone to the track. Live tracks are well executed and maintain the spirit of the studio recording, that’s exactly how a band reaches maturity. Very nice and clean production here too; it does not get you distracted with the sound of the crowd but still captures some of their energy interacting with the band. 

You will definitely enjoy this EP, whether you have been following the band for a while or just got to know them. There’s no chance to find anything fancy here, just straight forward death/thrash metal to shake your head at.