Grind as all hell...
...as all hell is for the sinful.
Those of the dark are used to this.
The caustic reality of man, a retraction to the Old Way of being. The grind is both furious and very stark; the members of Cabin Fire and Keeper/Plastic Bag Facemask that make up Elder Devil see to it. It is a very unkind dark, one that punishes by design. The tale woven throughout ‘Graves Among The Roots’ delving into the chasmic drama of 1600 colonial America, religion, fanaticism, and downfall. Odes of despair and hopelessness written of their plight and ultimate swan song.
After deciding to capture the essence of various sources and inspirations for a studio project outside their other bands, Steven and Jacob set out to mean business. Drawing on movies such as ‘The Witch’ and ‘Antichrist’, with styles ranging from bands like Cult Leader and The Secret, Elder Devil’s debut EP strikes a chord and leaves many ligature marks. With cover art twisted into form by Ethan Lee McCarthy (of Primitive Man, Vermin Womb), the EP was unleashed early May of 2017. The band is to have a limited cassette release from Medusa Crush Recordings due for the end of July 2017. Bear witness to the commencement of woe.
"This sound - a mass pile-on of grind-led simultaneous extreme genre stylings - is steadily growing, ubiquitous in our review piles, spreading like a disease. Here, there's no fear of it wearing thin, Elder Devil adding their own little slant, Graves Among the Roots an aggressive, pressurized pocket explosive; a highly entertaining EP Fire."
"I know that this is a packaged as a grindcore album, but "Deep Vices" has some strong The Chariot vibes. That sludgy opening trudge of bass and drums with the screamed prose is pure Josh Scogin. The influences persist throughout this EP, and that is definitely not a bad thing. Elder Devil have taken a sound I deeply mourned since 2012's One Wing and cranked up the RPM's almost double. The vocals are vicious razorblade-filled pipe bombs exploding in rapid sequence, and the instrumentation is an overclocked, mechanized orgy of noise. It's not until the very abrupt ending of "Needless" that I truly recognized the assault I just put my ears through. Everything here is presented as fast and ferocious as possible, backed by relentless blastbeats and with looming bass guitar breaks in just the right places."
- Metal Trenches