When I did a review for Pestilent Age back in August of last year, for their Medieval Holocaust album, they said to me that they were working on something new to be released early this year. Well Novgorod E.P. will be released on 4th of March, and there is a launch gig at The Rockery in Michigan click here for more information.
Pestilent Age are:
Lee Roach Guitar/Vocals
Brandon Lesley AKA Spud Bass
Steve Worley Drums
Over the last few weeks, I have been listening to their new EP, and I must say, this is one hell of an EP. Their musicianship and skills of the instruments are second to none. The drums and bass of Brandon and Steve are brutal, the guitars of Lee are excellent, and with Lee on vocal duties are awesome.
This EP explores the Rus tribe of Vikings that was led by Rurik the Rus, and who raiding parties into what is now Russia and Ukraine back in the 800’s and conquered small villages there. Novgorod EP is a concept album that follows Rurik the Rus.
First up off the EP is Forging A New Land 2. On this the drums are awesome to the point, that they get into your soul and makes you want to headbang, the guitars are amazing. Varangian Guard is up next. Like Forging A New Land 2, the bass and drums are on point, I could quite happily listen to this track all day, as it will make you so hyped.
Siege of Miklagard is next if you like good story telling you’ll love this track, and you would definitely love the death metal element to that story telling. Baptizing the Rus’ is up next, this song tells the story of the Rus tribe converting to Christianity in the 1200’s, this 9 minute 58 seconds epic track will take you on an amazing journey with some awesome music to accompany the story.
Battle of the Ice is the 5th song on the EP and as is my favourite track as this is the most brutal with all musicians working well with each other to bring a true master piece.
The EP Novgorod comes out on the 4th of March you can pre order it here on Pestilent Age’s website and I highly recommend that you get it, as you will not be disappointed.
I would give this EP a 4.5 out of 5 for a epic story telling and brilliantly talented band.
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