Elephant Watchtower
The Church Is At Fault


4.0
excellent

Review

by MetalSoliloquy USER (11 Reviews)
May 8th, 2019 | 14 replies


Release Date: 05/01/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Perfectly balancing out brutality and beauty, Elephant Watchtower's debut EP sounds and feels as if it was made by a very experienced band.

Elephant Watchtower is a one-man progressive death metal project from Ontario, Canada. The Church Is At Fault is the band’s debut EP. Had I listened to this EP without any information on the band, I think I would not have suspected that this is a one man project. The music sounds grand and fleshed-out, the many layers of the compositions complement each other and end up painting an impressive musical picture of detailed and massive soundscapes that draw you into a dark and vivid world. Lyrically, The Church Is At Fault can be read as a pamphlet on the current state of “the church”, the hypocrisy and ideological issues within it, and the often negative influence the institution has on our society, seen from the inside.

"Impoverished and pained, they live in our waste
Who carries the weight of every cent we take?
Starvation prevails, our calling we’ve failed
The church is to blame for this world that we’ve ailed
Famished by selfishness, Lives have been lost
And it is our fault
Lighting our stages with stolen donations
We taint the name of Christ"


These are some of the lyrics taken from the title track. Elephant Watchtower clearly don’t beat around the bush when it comes to preaching truth, as ugly as it may be, in their lyrics. And the music definitely fits the severity and determination of the lyrics: Blastbeats, fast and brutal death metal riffs and abyssal growls are consistent elements of the three tracks the 27 minutes long EP consists of. But those are only some of the elements Elephant Watchtower’s music is characterized by. Melodic guitar leads, multi-layered harmonious riffing and stunning synth arrangements are utilized to give the music an impressive wall-of-sound character. Repeatedly, these periods of compositional density are interrupted by proggy breaks, with tempo-shifts and diverse musical elements such as acoustic guitar sections coming into play. The beautiful melodies, in combination with the massive walls of heaviness, give the whole record a very epic atmosphere that is only enhanced by its calmer moments.

As a whole, The Church Is At Fault is a fantastic debut EP that sounds and feels as if it was made by a very experienced band. The compositions show stylistic confidence and creativity, perfectly balancing out brutality and beauty, the production is on point, letting the multiple musical elements of the songs shine, and the overall songwriting makes for a very cohesive, entertaining and engaging listening experience. This band deserves all the attention it can get, as it shows tremendous potential and could easily become the “next big thing” in the extreme metal underground.


Originally published at www.metalsoliloquy.wordpress.com.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
MetalSoliloquy
May 8th 2019


18 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You can stream/purchase the EP here:

https://elephantwatchtower.bandcamp.com/album/the-church-is-at-fault

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
May 8th 2019


11191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review dude! Will check this out.

MetalSoliloquy
May 8th 2019


18 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you!

8genre
May 9th 2019


90 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

surprisingly good album



cheers

Essence
May 9th 2019


6325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hot diggity dam this slams, this is some tech death i can get behind

Confessed2005
May 9th 2019


5063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is brilliant.

Digging: Drown In Sulphur - Blackwind

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
May 9th 2019


11191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn, this is some really epic stuff! It's a bit of a shame that the production isn't a little better. I feel like this would have even more of an impact with some better mastering.

CaptainDooRight
May 14th 2019


4208 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it’s really good

Digging: Crepuscle - Heavenly Skies

Dmax28
May 27th 2019


724 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks for covering this so I could be exposed to this band. Listening to this after the new Fleshgod Apocalypse allowed me to continue having a listening session of metal that really is pushing the envelope. Fantastic.

Dmax28
June 9th 2019


724 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's hard to overstate how next level this is. I'm blown away. This guy is a genius. It's the epitome of splendorous.

hiryu14
July 14th 2019


21 Comments


the riffs are there.. the song writing is there.. it's just lacking..something. I can't put my finger on it.

Hawks
July 29th 2019


73729 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

About to jam this.

Hawks
July 30th 2019


73729 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah this fuckin slayz.

Demon of the Fall
August 21st 2019


14001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is a lot 'lighter' than I was expecting, the melody often cuts straight through and neuters the heaviness... pretty damn good for a debut though.

Digging: Vi Som Alskade Varandra Sa Mycket - Det Onda. Det Goda. Det Vackra. Det Fula.



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