This one man melodic death metal band, Murashita, created by Masaki Murashita (see what he did there?), have released a debut EP called ‘Inescapable Damnation’. He used to be in Arizona death/thrashers Hemoptysis, but now plies his own brand of death as a solo artist. This EP features contributions from such metal luminaries as Kevin Talley and David Ellefson too, which just enhances the interest.
Opener ‘Retribution’ is a high energy piece, with some satisfyingly chunky riffage, and some savage blasting sections. As I’ve always said, it’s a good thing when bands don’t forget the ‘death’ part of the genre, and with various examples of fretwork fireworks, Murashita kicks off in high gear. The rampant title track is next with an impressive gallop and propulsive double kicks. It also has some great solo guitar moments that please the air guitarist in all of us. The riffs are very memorable, and the vocals have got that raspy shriek about them that is more pleasant on the ears than most monotonous melodeath vocalists.
‘Death or Glory’ opens with some great melodies, accentuated by continuously great guitar work. Murashita is immensely talented, and his fretwrok stands out in particular on this track. The uber catchy ‘Conquer the Foe’ leads to closer ‘This Show Must Go On’, which finishes in finest Gothenburg style. Murashita is a quality offering, and ‘Inescapable Damnation’ shows that there is much to watch out for from this new light in the black.