Leeches is a three-piece band which was formed in 2020 by members N.D and Reactive from Isolert and Sorgelig, joined by Wrath of Dodsferd and Grab, to create music that’s rawer than what they create with their main bands and the band based in Volos, Ierapetra in Crete have created released their debut EP which consists of 5 tracks spanning just shy of 18 minutes of glorious Old School Black Metal.
As soon as you press play, the sheer raw aggression grips you with the muffled Old School Black Metal sound, you are transported to the origins of the genre and the cold, bleak outlook that some of the greatest Black Metal bands created. The guitars create the perfect hypnotizing drone as the drums are pummelled and contrasted by the high-pitched cymbal and the gravelly vocal barks across the wonderfully black noise.
Each track takes on its own entity as mankind’s evils are explored and expressed in all their glory, and the inclusion of a very eerie instrumental in ‘Passage to Extinction’ transports you to a classic horror era that sums up the feeling of the EP before Leeches burst back into action with their stunning Black Metal.
A Plague In The Heart Of Light is a stunning EP that makes me look forward to a full length and whilst I am also a fan of the member’s main bands, I hope that this side project is one that is continued as what is created is brilliance shrouded in darkness.
From start to finish you cannot help but be blown away by the sheer raw aggression and bleak Black Metal that has been created by Leeches and I cannot stop listening to it. It is proper Black Metal, stripped down to its most vulnerable state, with the only way forward being to fight back and using the tools available, in this case, unmanageable evil in its purest form of evil.
Quite simply, any fan of Black Metal needs to experience A Plague In The Heart Of Light.
A Plague In The Heart Of Light is out now on Fucking Your Creation Records
- Elevation to a Dead Dream
- Luminous New Past
- Passage to Extinction
- A Plague In the Heart of Light