Nima : It’s been two years already since the fantastic ’The Ferryman’s End’ was released and brought Izegrim an even bigger, international status. In order to reward the wait for the next record the lady and gentlemen present this four-track EP, which will be released at the end of the month. And they do it old-fashionably as a DIY-release. If these new tracks are a taste of what is to come, then I think I can already predict that the next record is going to be another blast.
Musically there are no surprises here, fortunately; during the past two decades the band has developed quite a sound of its own and what we have here is simply utter Izegrim. And that not only equals quality but also progression and the lady and gentlemen have again lifted it all to a higher level. Especially bassist/front lady Marloes shows a stronger, more aggressive and especially a more versatile side of herself and sounds stronger than ever. The striking point about the new songs however is that the tempo, especially compared to the material on the last album, is quite lower. The focus lies more on a heavier mid-tempo and a darker approach. Because of that it is especially the death metal side of the band that again comes more to the front and has the upper hand. And I don’t mean that in a negative way, because all the four tracks are solid composition and definitely hunger for more. Although I must admit that I do somewhat miss the up-tempo thrash that Izegrim is also known for. But that shouldn’t be something to be mournful about. I just hope that we will hear more of that again on the next album. But until then we can have this ‘Beheaded by Trust’ do its necessary spins.