Evolving from heavy metal bands such as The Black Dahlia Murder is none other than Cape Town's Messiah Complex, and their self titled monster of an EP. Containing five tracks of fresh brutality that continuously punishes and fights its way for the 'core' scene, it would seem apparent that Messiah Complex are onto something here with this little impressive collection of songs.
Creepy intro 'Ascension' doesn't last long before storming into the first proper track, 'Reckoning', full of tech-fueled riffs balanced out with a varied vocal style that Trevor Strnad would approve of. These vocals are bellowed from Alex Weise; his ability to stun listeners with growls, screeches and grunts is something that follows through the continuing tracks. His vast vocal skills remind me of early Whitechapel at times.
The drumming isn't as impressive as some may expect, but this may be down to production fault, as at times sounds weak compared to the quality of Alex's screams, which practically destroy throughout. Final track 'Perdition' is my favourite from the EP, with it's more melodic moments, yet still revealing their promising abilities to scorch through with intensive death metal elements.
Messiah Complex are a band to check out for their no nonsense deathcore, and the best thing about them is they sound like the type of band who are making music for fun, rather than fame. The EP claims to be worthy of a winner on many levels, even recommendable for the typical death metal fans out there, looking for some fresh talent.