If you’re a fan of Opeth, Megadeth, and Iron Maiden and are able to hold tight through a blast of long guitar solos, then Toronto/Ontario Black Metal band, The Long Dark Road, are the band that you are looking for. The Long Dark Road has just released their debut self-titled EP that begins with a blistering array of insanely distorted guitars that showcase their in-your-face intensity right from the get-go. Although we cannot discredit the dazzlingly intricate guitar experience that is seemingly out of this world, the album opener, “Tragedy Of The Commons” puts the pedal to the medal but falls short when it comes to quality and fails to lead listeners down the long, dark and tedious road tied to elite-mastering.
Haunting melodies and lyricism that cuts listeners right in the throat with a grunt that slices through your core, the opener leads into the self-titled EP’s second track, “I Will Follow”, that steps it up a notch when it comes to quality and stomps on your chest with tortured and hauntingly mysterious melodies seemingly stemming from the underworld. Cutting your heart out throughout, “The Long Dark Road”, is the fourth track that is delivered with confidence and conviction, but the lack of variety throughout the EP leaves listeners broken down and skimming through tracks rather than ecstatic of what is to come while The Long Dark Road desperately seeks sonic accordance with their growls.
The amount of noise from the lack of accordance amongst instrumentals and vocals pushes listeners into a state of frenzy and unfortunately fails to serve as a unique touch. Although loud and angry, The Long Dark Road has a tedious road ahead if their further releases are akin to this one, which falls short when it comes to sending a potent musical message through their debut EP.