We open up with "Eviscerate" and it's clear we're dealing with the heavier side of the metal spectrum. Having been influenced by the likes of WHITECHAPEL and UPON A BURNING BODY, the breakdowns are big but the riffs are far bigger, resulting in a well delivered bludgeoning of the listeners senses, aided spectacularly by the performance of vocalist Callum Hutchinson...at times deep and demonic at others simply scorching, it's a solid introduction indeed.
Over the course of the five tracks on offer they don't divert too far from the path all too often, with "Cities Of Gold" and the title track both mixing elements of traditional heavy metal with a touch of groove inspired doom, adding extra weight to their overall sound, allowing for the subtle key changes which give their tracks that extra depth and it works well. Possibly the most accessible track on the EP, "The Reign Of Tyrants" is a slightly more cumbersome but no less crushing...there's more than a touch of say, PANTERA or MACHINE HEAD and as far as this genre goes, this is relatively easy on the ears making for a clear EP highlight, before we finish up then on "Terror Rising". A nice little play on words here both depicting the EP's theme visually and it's terrorizing musical onslaught.
For any unsigned band a debut release is a huge step and to have waited five years to get to that point must have been incredibly painstaking but for CTH patience has been a virtue. Yes this is only a glimpse into the potential these Aberdonian's have but the five tracks show huge promise. They may not quite be Godzilla, but up from the depths they rose and far from Tokyo, expect to see them cleanse a British rock bar near you sooner rather than later.