Skip to main content
A Magazine for

The Manchester edition of Now Then is no longer publishing content. Visit the Sheffield edition.


Slashing a hole in musical tranquillity with a searing blade, up to the bloodied hilt through the emblem of peace and quiet that once flagged its colours before we pressed the almighty play button, Myth of a Life surf into action on a wave of what was once a Children of Bodom iconic whip, now a staple part of all modern, in-your-face thrashings. Once more, echoes of previous legends reverberate in the melodic guitar work and the sheer determined aggression of Pissing Razors is evident in their style.

The key to making decent metal is that it has to ensnare you in its fury and drag you through its tantrum of dissonance to musical culture with each track, and Erinyes does this by simply not stopping. Every bar is saturated with aggressive, forthcoming and musically enticing energy. It doesn’t put you off. It’s not unsightly. It’s epic and enchanting.

Skills are apparent. No music like this can be of any resounding quality without the push of experience. The well-scripted thinking of a student of the guitar is essential when making exciting and rageful music that works. Every one of the four tracks that make this neat little EP is just enough to show us the business and prepare us for something new. It moves well, and original riffs and melodies continue to sweep the rumbling holler along, framing the cursing and challenging vocal.

Erinyes is not for those who like to drink lemonade with a book, unless they want a moment to escape from that scenario. Intense music doesn’t always do its job. It can become nonsensical and violent, but for me Erinyes teeters well on the positive side of that line. Remaining skillful and with a flow that suits the pace, I enjoyed this snappy record.