Review Date: April 2021
Released: 2021, Independent
Hailing from Luxembourg, Feradur is back with their latest EP entitled PARAKOSM. The band’s previous release Legion came out in 2019, and they have since added a new vocalist and an additional guitar to their sound. The EP was mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios.
Maybe I’m just getting old, but I tend to enjoy melodic death metal at a slower pace, as opposed to non-stop blastbeats and a furious tempo. This EP kicks off with “Midas”, and it’s right up my alley. A melodic groove, plenty of heaviness, and they turn up the heat around the four-minute mark. After multiple listens it’s probably still my favorite on the EP. “Crest of Betrayal” keeps the groove going with a very catchy guitar melody, and is quite an awesome song also.
“Saviours” is the shortest song of the EP at 4:33, and is based on a movie called ‘Seven Samurai’. I haven’t seen that particular film, but the lyrics tell a tale of a mountain town and the grim fate of its inhabitants. I never heard original vocalist Yannick Gaasch, but current vocalist/guitarist Mario Hann has a versatile harsh vocal style. There are some growling highs along with brutal lows, sort of like Maurizio Iacono of Kataklysm, but not as extreme. “Tetsuo” is the first single (see below), and I enjoyed the reverb effect used on some of the voices in the song.
This is one of those releases where I really can’t identify any weak links. The guitar work from Michel Strock and crew is top notch, the drumming is intense, and the vocals fit the music perfectly. This is a band to watch out for on the touring trail. Physical releases are available on Feradur’s Bandcamp page, including a limited cassette run for those of you who enjoy tape hiss (seek help!).