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Released: 2015, Inferno Records
Young French metallians Elvenstorm got some positive press for 2014’s BLOOD LEADS TO GLORY release, including here at Metal Rules, so I guess they’ve decided to capitalize on that with a quick-hit EP to keep their name in fans’ minds. That’s actually a cool old-school mentality. Also cool, and old-school is the band’s sound, which is pure thrashy speed/power metal just like you could have heard back in 1986, except topped off by some nicely aggressive female vocals from Laura Ferreux.
As I said, SOULREAPER is a quick-release EP that highlights two new songs from the band, and two cover songs, one of Slayer classic “Black Magic”, and one from long-gone German warriors Heaven’s Gate (“Tyrants”). Between these four songs, this might be one of the fastest EPs in recent memory as each song just rips. The title cut is easily my favorite, featuring a blistering riff and an infectious shout-along chorus. Placed as the opening track of the EP, this song just instantly rips your head off. “Sworn to the Dark” is the other original cut and it’s also a high-speed shredder in the same vein as the title track and keeps your head banging.
The cover songs are a real treat. I can’t think of too many memorable covers of “Black Magic”, but Elvenstorm pull it off with ease. It’s cool that they’ve chosen a less iconic Slayer song. “Tyrants” is a song I’ve never heard before, as Heaven’s Gate passed my notice during the decade or so of activity. Judging by the quality of this song though, they’re a band I may have to check out.
All in all, this release is a fast metal fix – literally and figuratively! Each song just comes in, kicks ass, and slams the door, leaving no room for argument. Definitely worth checking out!
2) Sworn to the Dark
3) Tyrants (Heaven’s Gate cover)
4) Black Magic (Slayer cover)
Laura Ferreux: Vocals
Michael Hellstrom: Guitar
Felix Borner: Drums
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