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It’s not Easter yet, but I’ve heard that they’ve finally caught the rabbit and trussed it up. The Easter rabbit is dead, long live the rabbit. And indeed, what happened here? Did they think the name wasn’t suitable for a Doom Metal band any longer and had a change of heart? Or do the changes go even deeper than that, resulting in the irrepressible urge to switch to the NAGA moniker instead?

Let me explain: Kill The Easter Rabbit, hailing from Italy, had a reputation for playing heavy Doom Metal laced with Stoner elements. Their music was characterized by powerful riffs and a fantastic singer who was able to set them apart from the plebs and the scourge of Doom Metal wannabes. And albeit not exactly the most original band out there, every pore of their music was reeking of potential. But they threw it all away.

Even though much of the line-up is still the same, it feels like a totally different band. Of course, it won’t take a PhD to figure out why they’d change their name, seeing as they obviously had a whole new musical concept to explore, but this is exactly where the problem lies: their new musical concept is playing YOB. The two tracks that make up this eponymous EP, ‘The Path’ and ‘Vitriol’, are pure YOB worship and nothing more. Sure, it’s not like NAGA’s singer, Lorenzo De Stefano, sounds anything like Scheidt on the mic, but the music is so "YOB-ish" that you kind of wonder why it’s actually not Scheidt singing in the first place. Vocal-wise, there is another change: one cannot help but wonder how KTER could feature such fantastic vocals when NAGA just deliver regular sludgy screams. Did De Stefano lose his voice in the meantime? Conjectures.

So no, nothing more can be added here. What we get is two songs that mimic YOB beyond the idea of homage, amounting to plain plagiarism. Take the song structures of Catharsis, mix them with the powerful production of Atma, and that’s it. Literally. No more, no less.

In the end, the Kill The Easter Rabbit- era of the band was far more interesting. You’d be better advised to play original YOB material if that’s the sound you’re craving at the moment, or even Estonia’s Talbot who actually manage to sound truly personal. As I once wrote: “There’s YOB. And there’s the rest.” Don’t fall for cheap tricks.


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Reviewer's rating: Unrated

Information

Tracklist :
1. The Path
2. Vitriol

Duration : Approx. 23 minutes

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Reviewed on 2013-02-23 by Frederic Cerfvol
Lunaris Art
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