Onde Natur – Cowards

Basically, a good metal EP, quite a bit blackened and pending towards doom, but with strong sludge influence as well in some sections. You’ll find a healthy dose of structure and variation, even though the doom/blackened aspect of it makes it more oriented towards focusing on a general oppressive atmosphere. Basically that means that, if you want that awesome metal listening experience, you’ll get it, but if you pay attention to what’s going on, you won’t get bored either.

Nothing overly complex though. Synths and vocal processing are used to make up for that with an extra atmospheric push. The riffs are heavy as fuck, as usual.

Now something about the lyrics – as present in the bandcamp page of course, I can’t understand shit the guy is actually singing. Some verses are very cliche, like “Will you choose to be a sheep or will you become a wolf?”, but no one expects for Shakespeare or anything, so they didn’t strike me as specially corny. They play their part perfectly though, for example: “When did we become afraid to be free? Let them choke with their words, cut their hands with our deeds. Will to power behind love messages and empty promises”. That’s perfectly adequate, heavy and compliments well the music, even if it sounds more like a teenage rant than a wise man’s rebuttal against modern society.

Anyhow, easy recommendation if you are into the genre, I certainly enjoyed it a lot. Preparing my ears for Black Metal November.

-Carpeaux