Epic Death, a Texas based band, began their black/thrash/death metal venture in 2009. Collectively, their background on the music scene is distinguished with past affiliations such as Aggravated Assault, Chaos, Mischief, Majik, Balance, NeverDead, Dead Trip, and Phantom-X. To date, Epic Death has played with the well-known bands Nile, Finntroll, Mushroomhead, and Gemini Syndrome; to mention a few. The band also played Minnesota's annual NYDM Fest and at Houston's Scout Bar. Epic Death was also featured in two Derek Norman documentaries; “Heavy in Houston” & “Heavier in Houston.”
Dennis Dorsett (Vamp) - guitar/vocals
Reece Stanley - drums/backing vocals
Becky Dorsett (Demona) - keys/backing vocals
Nathan Chance - guitar
Justin Riddler - bass guitar/backing vocals
Epic Death’s full-length album “Witchcraft” is set for release on December 11th. The release was produced with Stephen Bogle under the label Bast Records. The video “Hide” was released on November 9th and already has almost 2,500 views on YouTube with several shares and positive comments. The album is available for preorder on their website. If ordered now, not only will you get the CD prior to the release date, you will also get the added bonus of your copy autographed by Epic Death.
Epic Death boldly, and masterfully, revamped “Poison.” Lyrically, the song removes the glam from the rock and replaces it with ED’s own black/death metal sound with some melodic shifts. However, the instrumental layers and sounds stay true to “Poison,” but with much heavier drums and riffs. This is a very well composed cover and a must hear to appreciate the talent and time Epic Death discharges into their music.
My personal favorite from “Witchcraft” is “Karma is a Bitch.” The instrumentals drew me in with the whimsical keyboarding, the thrash of heavy instrumentals that followed, and an outburst of angry vocals. I continued to listen, and to my surprise, I heard the smooth, deep lyrics “Karma is a bitch, she rides a black horse…” Although unexpected, it is a great example of the shifting lyrical talent of Epic Death. Personally, death/black metal is soothing. This song is extremely vengeful and yet so relaxing. As a female metal reviewer, what really set this song apart for me is what I feel is the influence of Becky. In my opinion, this song has a hint of female angst.
I found “Screams from Valhalla” to have the deepest and darkest meaning. The title alone grabbed my attention due to the selfish history of the underworld god Odin (from Norse Mythology). Valhalla was a blissful place of violence and feasts. Odin brought heroic warriors who had met their death to his heaven. The 800 warriors battled daily so they could be prepared to march out of the more than 500 doors at Valhalla at the same time on doomsday. Valhöll literally means “hall of the slain.” The battle march intro enmeshed in the instrumental composition alone articulates the story of Valhalla’s impending doom. Lyrics describing the screams from Valhalla add to the mythological hunger for power, destruction, and disaster. This is a song for the true black/death/heavy metal fan. To me, it portrays the intelligence of Epic Death. This track explores dark, Norse Mythology and is not common knowledge.
In summary, this album was very interesting to review. After many listens, I feel as if I got a glimpse into the revolution of freedom and individuality the band aspires to create. Dennis Dorsett of Epic Death stated, “It’s about the pain of an unhappy life filled with regret and the only thing you want to do is hide from the pain by finding a safe place by yourself, unfortunately, no matter where you hide time will find you.” This accurately describes the sound and feel of “Witchcraft.” I highly recommend this album to all fans of black/thrash/death metal.
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