Protestant – Antagonist 7″EP
Released April 2009, 1000 black vinyl, 33rpm
Protestant from Wisonsin, USA, deliver three tracks of exploding and brutal hardcore on this 7″ EP.
I guess it would be easy to write this off as another band doing the dark and heavy hardcore thing – no more, no less. But to do so would not only be wrong, it would also prove that whoever said it hadn’t given the music more than a couple of chances.
Sure, there are the heavy and dark melodies over hard rhythms and thundering beats, but Protestant are a lot more hardcore than that with their speed and aggressiveness.
There’s more to this band than the average “dark and heavy hardcore band” and there’s another level of depth that many others lack.
Where the main path here is in fact dark and powerful hardcore the music takes more than one turn with the occasional doom-laden riffs lurking around one corner and blastbeats around another. The guitar work on here also brings forth thoughts of black metal from time to time with their evil sounding harmonies.
Spitting vocals, ravelling riffs, and an alternation and combination of the crushing rhythms and rapid deliverances makes the word powerful seem like an understatement with it comes to the three tracks on this EP.
This is a co-release with Halo of Flies Records.
The Culling to Come