Music Review: POINT BLANK ‘PHARMAGEDDON’

POINT BLANK “PHARMAGEDDON” 1/2 I must say, there is a helluva lot of diversity on PHARMAGEDDON, especially given that it’s an EP. There’s at least as much extreme metal...

POINT BLANK “PHARMAGEDDON”

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I must say, there is a helluva lot of diversity on PHARMAGEDDON, especially given that it’s an EP. There’s at least as much extreme metal genre-bending here as on any given Suicide Silence album. (If you don’t know, that’s a mighty fine comparison coming from me, since Suicide Silence is one of my favorite metal bands.)

The EP kicks off with a doomy dirge of extreme metal before dragging us through a blistering track set that segues easily from black metal to death metal and back again, all the while incorporating bits and pieces from other, related corners of extreme metal. POINT BLANK is not to be pinned own as this or that. They are extreme metal, period.

The CD stayed in my player forever, not because the machine was jammed but because, at six tracks, there just wasn’t enough abrasive goodness on here. So I played it again. And again. And again.

For someone like me who has been all through the deepest, darkest corners of the metal underground and heard every generic death/black artist cranking out his/her bedroom monstrosities, it’s refreshing as hell to come across an artist ablaze with this kind of skill and listenability.

This is GOOD SHIT.

My only complaint, as I said, is that there’s not more of it. The death-black-etc. fusion works perfectly. This EP absolutely slays. And, let me tell you, when it gets to the next to last track and you hear a Door’s cover coming at you in fine old-school black metal, form, you will concede victory to POINT BLANK.

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