Underling – Breath Deeply (EP)

Underling is a post-black/atmospheric black metal group from Los Angeles, California consisting of 3 members, Alex Hernandez-Bent, Antonio Palermo, and Robert Morey. Breath Deeply is the 2nd EP by the band, and where I got my first taste of this great mixture of genres, consisting of black metal infused screaming vocals, and also post-metal/black metal hybrid mixture of instrumentation. This is a solid release. There are 4 tracks total, with all of the tracks unified at 6 1/2 to 7 minutes in length. Starting with Guided, the EP starts right off with some post-metal style instrumentation and profound drumming. It then throws Palermo’s vocals into the mix, which to me are a mixture of the black metal screaming with a sort of yell. It’s hard to describe, but has a great sound. The song then rips into some rapid drumming but keeps the post-metal style guitars going. I would say its the strongest track on the EP. Next track is My Bones Lay Bare. This track has some great clean drumming, with ominous guitar riffing throughout. The black metal screaming and repetitiveness is prominent throughout as well.  Following this, we have Erosion, which is a slow, plodding track, which eventually does pick up speed and bring in Palerno’s crushing vocals. We end with Seizures Over Sullen Water, which has an extremely quiet, slow opening, with the screaming and everything sounding muted. About 2 minutes in, it then takes hold and does not let up, with marching drumming and guitars, powerful post rock tremolo, and loud screams. It is an excellent conclusion. I would recommend you check out these guys, as they are one of the most badass things I have heard in a while.

Genre: Post-Black Metal, Atmospheric Black Metal
Label: None/Self Released
Location: Los Angeles, California, United States
Release: October 19th, 2013

1. Guided
2. My Bones Lay Bare
3. Erosion
4. Seizures Over Sullen Water

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