Opening track Nil is a short experimental collection of sounds, setting a suitably odd and disarming atmosphere, before launching into the first proper song Accelerated Extinction. Here Eccentric Pendulum reveal themselves to be a technical/progressive death metal beast, with a sound that incorporates elements of bands such as Gorguts, Meshuggah, Cynic, The Faceless, and Death into a constantly shifting and mutating style.
Standard, this is not. Exploratory and experimental, there’s a strain of progressive jazz that runs rampant through the release. These are musicians that clearly know their art, and the experimental metal that they have brought forth on this EP is engaging, satisfying, and very enjoyable.
Grooving and tumbling its way through the playing time, Accelerated Extinction is the longest track here and probably my favourite of the three. The bass work is one of the most noticeable aspects of the song, and the relatively understated saxophone presence is handled well; it seems naturally included and its inclusion is unforced.
The final track is named Contrivance. This is similar in style to Accelerated Extinction, only is a bit more upbeat, energetic, and full of twisting aggression. The saxophone appears once more, handled just as skilfully as previously, and although the bass is a little less excitable, (only a little), it remains one of the major players.
This is a very impressive and enjoyable release. Individualistic bands like this need to get way more attention than they do. Apparently this EP was conceived as a single 18 minute song; indeed, each of the tracks flows into each other seamlessly. So, my only complaint then is that it’s been unnecessarily chopped up into three tracks. Why?
Regardless, this is an exceptional 18 minutes of music, chopped up or not, and I highly recommend that you seek out its labyrinthine pleasures as soon as you can.