Short (very short) and sweet, Black God’s II EP is ten and a half minutes worth of excitement. Despite that not one song is over two minutes long, as you might expect a fast and furious punk album. Not so here, as it’s done is modern hardcore/post-punk fashion instead. It derives experimentation without lacking any production value.
It’s not really that fast by today’s standards. The songs are comparable to Xerxes or Fugazi with an old school punk overtone. Black God is actually a supergroup composed of members from Coliseum, Endpoint, Black Cross, By The Grace Of God, and Young Widows. Interesting observation, three of the four members all played in Black Cross, perhaps that’s where the name Black God came from?
Back to the EP, the first song “Cast You Out” is a post-punk little ditty that reflects their influences accurately. It’s all the same flow of song, with no separate chorus, verse, or anything of the sort. The drumming is simple and constant, which really provides the backbone of the song (and perhaps the whole EP). The guitars pretty much work in tandem with the drums. When the drums switch up, so do the guitars.
It’s hard to accurately describe the first two songs without cross referencing each other, but “Everyone’s A Friend” is a track that breaks from that mold (not that you could say it’s “mold” since it’s only ten minutes long). Every track from this point stands on its own feet as unique and innovative. Gang vocals are prevalent in the short two chorus’ in this song, but it could have been strung out to a much longer track (think about four minutes) and still have the same effect as it does now.
Self described as “blitz-rock,” I think this is a very fitting title. This entire EP just feels like a teaser however. Each track has the potential to be expanded and written more. But it’s great nonetheless, especially if you’re a fan of any of the above mentioned bands.