The extra commentary disc for Darkthrone's Plaguewielder LP mentions the slow, dirge-like finale track Sin Origin is like a flat tyre. The debut EP from Perth blackened/doom metallers, Amongst The Dead Things, is like a flat tyre on a semi-trailer in the middle of nowhere in winter—and it is all the more glorious for it.
Loud, heavy and slow is the agenda here across the six tracks. There isn't a hint of sludge or blues to be found, ATDT lean more towards the likes of Disembowelment and Dark Lord. But while those bands have an almost claustrophobic and suffocating sound, ATDT don't sacrifice the riffs. They indeed are metal with a capital 'M' (the title track and Grave Robber being the best of the bunch). The excellent recording job—done by Dr Alan ‘DrAlien’ Smith from Bergerk Studios—allows all the instruments to be heard clearly and powerfully.
Nasty, blasphemous movie samples are peppered throughout to underscore the unpleasantness of this EP. The final cover of Black Sabbath is the cherry on top of the sundae here; an excellent closing fist in the face.
Scott Bishop is a regular host on RTR FM 92.1's Critical Mass, which airs every Wednesday from 9PM (GMT+8) in Perth, Australia.