Black Emerald - B.O.D. (2014)
This EP from the UK-based Black Emerald finds them full of vinegar (and probably a few other substances) as they channel some blackened thrash into a base of sludge. Grimy and aggressive, the group's members are more than capable of pulling out some clean melodies, but as they make clear, they're much more interested in spine-snapping, body-shaking, foaming-at-the-mouth energy cut loose. Listening to it, I have to imagine that fights breaking out in the pit are a common event at Black Emerald's shows, as the violence of the music comes across as honest and un-manufactured. Sure, they're easy-going enough to let a groove riff slip in here and there, but when the time comes to unleash, they don't hold back. Good stuff, worth keeping an ear on this band to find out how they'll develop from here.
For Fans Of; EyeHateGod, Fister, Open Tomb, Acid Witch, Acid King