From the depths of Italian underground metal scene, comes
Dementia Senex, a band that fuses various metal genre’s into a perfect amalgamation
while maintaining an extreme sound, leaving the listener wanting more. Their latest EP “Heartworm” mixes
post-hardcore music, with sludge/doom sounds, while keeping their death metal
roots intact. The EP consists of just 3 tracks and clock in at 17 minutes, with
two of the longer tracks sandwiched with a shorter piece in between.
The moment the album kicks off with “Unscented Walls”, the amazing
blend of genres by the band is brought to the fore front. The track stands out
with a nice doom sludge sound mixed the death metal vocals. The hardcore
breakdowns mid-way give the track another twist, and the amazing lead guitar
work towards the end takes the track into another dimension all together.
Definitely the best track on the album, and a perfect start to the album.
The shortest track “Kairos”, showcases how the band is not
scared to experiment, with the Djent / Meshuggah inspired riffs and odd time
signatures on display to their death metal music. The title track builds up the
atmosphere, bringing in a nice mix of hardcore and sludge music before belting
out anger filled death metal vocals. The atmospheric build up on this track is
amazing, and once again showcases the variety the band is capable of building
into their music.
The EP has some top notch quality production, and showcases the
musical variety the band possesses in the best possible manner. This has
allowed the band to successfully create a perfect fusion of different genres and
create a very original sound for themselves, unlike any other you may have
Heartworm is an excellent EP from a band that is packed with
potential. One of the most exciting releases I have heard in recent times. I
will definitely be on the watch out, for a full-length from these guys.