Metalcore has become less of a polarizing genre in recent years, partly thanks to bands like Code Orange and Old Wounds, who fly the genre's flag free of gimmicks. Georgia-based group Vatican similarly let a '90s-influenced metalcore sound flow throughout their Sorrow Carrier Records debut EP, Ache of Eternity.
Dissonant chords and punishing breakdowns shape these five songs into a nostalgic take on the finest elements of the genre. The first single, "Slit of Creation," uses blasting percussion to guide the listener towards the hardest moments of this release. While clean passages in "Dreamer's Bodybag" and "Divine Ruination" feel a little out of left field, their pulverizing heaviness recalls the finer moments of 7 Angels 7 Plagues' catalogue.
There are moments that drag on longer than necessary, but Vatican execute the sweet spots of metalcore songwriting nicely. Ache of Eternity is not for the faint of heart, and will leave most listeners wishing this were a full-length. (Sorrow Carrier)