Review by JH
The first thing I noticed about Trench Warfare was the high-level of merciless aggression that they infuse into their music. It’s like being mentally punched in the face over and over right from the word go. That said, this demo offers three songs of pure sonic rage, with a sound derivative of bands like Black Witchery and Apocalypse Command.
The vocals are so incredibly hostile, that one starts to wonder if the vocalist is even human. It’s as if though he is channeling the rage of some ancient battle god. The riffs are deadly and razor-sharp. The way the riffs are played, creates a sort of monotonous effect which helps accentuate the martial-like feeling of the music. Drums are programmed, although well done. It doesn’t sound too artificial, although the mechanical effect of it gives the music a sort of inhuman-like feel. It works.
For all the black/death maniacs out there, I would definitely pay some attention to these guys, they’re the real deal. The demo kicked my arse so hard that I’m still suffering from mental effects as a result. Aside from the aforementioned comparisons, there’s also some subtle death metal touches to be found a la Obituary and Morbid Angel. If violent and high-velocity black/death is your thing, then you can’t go wrong here.