Saturday 23 February 2019

EP Review: Chine - Like Vultures

What a pleasant surprise we’ve got here! Sweden based progressive death metallers Chine are ready to launch their new EP entitled “Like Vultures” in March. The quintet comprised of Tintin Andersen on vocals, Andreas Weis on guitar, Jokke Pettersson on guitar, Tommy Erichson on bass and Jesper Sunnhagen on drums, draws influences from compatriots In Flames, Dark Tranquility, The Haunted, as well as Between The Buried And Me and The Ocean Collective.

It could be said that “Like Vultures” largely pays tribute to the Swedish death metal scene, with sound that is actually pretty well delivered and fun to listen to. “The Scavenging Elite” opens the EP energetically. These guys are definitely not reinventing the wheel here but are quite competent in putting together some hooky tunes. “A Line in the Dirt” is to me the strongest tune on here. It is very difficult to not make a comparison with The Haunted especially in terms of the way the riffs are arranged and played.

To me this EP plays like a guilty pleasure, as I love melodic death. “Like Vultures” sounds like a classic mid nineties melodic Swedish death metal record in the modern times. And that, definitely, is a great thing.

Pre-order the EP here.

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