MURDERESS: The Gate: LP

Say whaaaaat? This band’s from Portland? My word. My ear is clearly pressed to the wrong set of tracks, since this is the first I’ve heard of em. A four-song 12” of fierce and brooding crust similar in scope to folks like The Awakening or Protestant, though Murderess seems more interested in the long game—again, we’re talking a pair of songs on each side here; the band’s clearly not afraid to stretch things out. I was personally hoping for a bit more variety or dynamics, but there’s certainly no denying that the band makes some convincing, furious noise. 

 –keith (Aborted Society)