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Darktide - EP Review: No One, Nowhere, Nothing

24 Jun 2023 // A review by Liam Davis

At first glance, you’d never think quiet little New Zealand would be capable of exporting such a brutal act as Darktide. Their new EP No One, Nowhere, Nothing is exactly that: Brutal, unrelenting, and evil.

The opener: No One engages the listener as to the onslaught that is to come; an all-encompassing metal showcase, as it brings in low-tuned guitars and smooth drum work to start and weaves into its doom-metal influences and death metal blast beats as the tempo changes faster than Auckland city weather.

The dark atmospheric motifs that draw through each track burn unease into your ears and make even sitting and listening seem apocalyptic, evil, and somewhat thought-provoking.

The epitome of this idea is in the track Nowhere which opens slowly with agonizing cries in the background and the shrill guitar setting the scene; every instrument is given an equal place in the mix and there is exceptional talent and precision in every layer of instrumentation.
These guys are clearly sitting at the top of their game.

As the tracks move along there is a sense of evolution among the sound and vibe, the opening track uses brutality, percussive playing, and breakdowns whereas the closer draws out and relies on dis-harmonics and more doom-oriented styles.

With all said and done the four tracks presented are well thought out, passionate and prime examples of the kind of creativity and talent we have in our underground music scene. I think most fans of other NZ metal acts such as Blindfolded and Led to the Woods, Pale Flag and Swamp Dweller will love this release.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )

About Darktide

Darktideis a brooding and ominous metal band that summons a haunting and crushing atmosphere with their dark and heavy music. Their sound is an intense blend of soul-crushing guitars, thunderous drums, and visceral vocals that drips with a sense of foreboding and despair.

Emerging from the shadows of Auckland, New Zealand in 2023, the band is a conglomeration of five sinister and enigmatic figures who share an insatiable appetite for creating music that is both aggressive and melancholic. Their songs draw inspiration from the darkest depths of black metal, deathcore, and doom metal, weaving a sound that is both hypnotic and ominous.

Delving into the depths of the human psyche, they have created music that is both harrowing and hypnotic. Their commitment to their craft is unwavering, and their dedication to their fans is absolute. With their dark and heavy sound, Darktide is a band that demands to be experienced.

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No One, Nowhere, Nothing
Year: 2023
Type: EP

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