On March 12th, the Colorado-based band Necropanther has released independently their latest EP “In Depths We sleep”, which this time belongs to their guitarist Paul Anop. Between the full-length albums that’s their regular practice, to release small singles or EPs from individual musician – “Oppression” was composed by their bassist Markus Corich, but the single “En Unyttig Liv” by the drummer Haakon Sjoegren.
This is rather a conceptual release, based on underwater topics, the source of inspiration for Paul Anop throughout the years, and only one song “Benthic Storms” is absolutely new. It’s not so easy to categorize the music of Necropanther in the musical boundaries or give it a brief description, but this EP is closer to ideas of melodic death metal, though influenced by black/sludge metal and even post-rock hints. Every song carries some sort of vibrant individuality, but regardless, this album still sounds integral with a general conception in common.
“The Descent” starts with the sounds of nature and slowly transforms into slow and fuzzy metal song with post-rock vibes and southern mood. The deep and low growling lingeringly envelops this track with peaceful darkness, but the melodic lines mitigate the severe brutality. The new track “Benthic Storms” is even more melodic, performed in mid-tempo, it is full of melancholy and distant longing. This time no growls, but very typical for black metal screams, making this song heavier. “Abyssal Plains” is purely instrumental, with abrupt guitar chords and anxious mood. It is optimistically sad and sometimes hints on tearful pattern of half-ballad. The last composition “Cheers to Seth Davey” is closer to doom metal concept, and the melodic parts are on the pinnacle of their glory, making it the most mdmdish on this EP, and even emotional screaming sounds so soothingly harmonic. So, no way, that “In Depths We sleep” can induce the boredom with all this diversity.
This short release of Necropanther isn’t immersed in bright colors, it is bleak and watery, like the sea itself, so the cover art makes the same statement with subdued mossy colors, but with confident and thick brushstrokes (favored by doom/sludge metal bands). So, let’s wait for their new full-length creation, without wondering about what type of stylistic surprises these Americans will prepare for us.
Release date: March 12th, 2021
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