Extravasion was founded in 2011, in Paris, France and it took till 2015 to find the current line-up. Pure thrash, influences include Voivod, Forbidden, Coroner, Aspid, Beyond Creation and Dark Angel. The artwork, by Emil (Vocals) and Clement (Bass) and inspired by the title, ‘bankster’, (track 5), depicts the EP’s material. This, their debut EP, is 40 mins in length and is lyrically symbolic of consumer society, revolving around financial greed and love of money. The EP title is also the 3rd track title, adding more meaning to the song.
Mixed, mastered and released in Winter 2016, by Axel, at The Walnut Groove Studio, France, widely known for many other releases, including ‘Thrashback’ and ‘Adx’. Available now.
Castle – Ooh, interesting intro, of more of an ambient, alternative nature than generally expected. Something of an oceanic sound and visual, with that free-flowing wave quality about it. Then it’s over. Reminds me of the intro to something else, which maddeningly escapes me at present. Feel free to fill in the blanks, readers.
Flames Of Industry – Oh yes, that’s more like it!) Proper thrashy, explosive intro, shooting metal fireworks in every direction. Combining that with roars and growls, to blacken the atmosphere, to the edge of death territory. Rushing towards you, at high speed, this is one powerfully aggressive track.
Origins Of Magma – Banging, booming intro there – rolling into a drum crescendo and a medley of riffs, before the monster roars emerge from deep underground. A real deathy, black feel to this, yet still throwing in some down-toned acoustic riff solos. V growly and definitely one for the extreme end of the spectrum. Some nice smoking riff tones here and there and alternating between loud, growly extremity and quiet, subdued sounds. If you like your metal more deathy than melodic, this is for you.
Circle Of Life – More melodic riffage opening here and some great cohesion between that and the drums. Darkening down the tone and introing the growls, it’s a heavy duty track. Lots of darker, deathy emphasis throughout. Ending on a final drum hit.
Bankster – Ripping riffs, some classic rock and roll drumming, leading into a totally new and unexpected angle, depicting the sound and theme of an old-fashioned gangster film. Soon seguing into a fresh riff blitz, more redolent of a Slayer album. Think Goodfellas, mixed with extreme thrash. Fellow riff enthusiasts will feel more at home with this track. Merging into a more Testamentesque sound now, it’s moving into a more melodic, but still heavy, arena. Slowing the pace and ending on a lovely bit of slide guitar and a delightfully evil laugh, it’s nothing if not varied, revealing hidden depths.
Consume – Blazing in there, with some fire filled riffage, razing the place to the ground, with a very ‘Alone In The Dark’ soundalike track. Much pleasing to the ears of ‘Days Of Darkness’ fans like myself. Loads of speed, tons of power and then seemingly going in a different direction, briefly, before returning to the good old Testament vibe. Tracks like this are what ratchet up the points, making the difference between a standard review and an extraordinary one.
La Nuit – Opening with an Eastern mysterious vibe and a general air of intrigue. Gradually seguing into a raging monster of a track. Speedfreaks are us. Throwing out power and aggression, from every angle, this guitarist’s fingers have got to be bleeding after this epic riff bonanza. So skilfully, though, it moves, fluidly and effortlessly, into a beautiful classically influenced acoustic section, before intuitively, returning to the heavy metallic sound and picking up the speed once again, whilst still alternating between those somehow, contradictory, yet perfectly melded sounds and styles. Again, we return, at the end, to the initial Eastern mysticism introed at the start, on which note, it fades out, steadily. That’s one unique, possibly even visionary technique.
Outro – (Untitled) – OK … This is one of those sounds that make you wonder if you’ve accidentally wandered into the wrong scene. A French play, with a comedic vein and an unknown relevance plays out, but whatever. It’s entertaining and attention grabbing, so it has to win points for that.
Overall – For sheer variety, willingness to experiment with technique, styles, sounds and influences alone, this wins extra points. Whilst undoubtedly containing lots of extremity, it doesn’t neglect melody, innovative edge or instrumental skill and precision. Being noticeably eclectic, in style, influentially diverse and varied in range, with flawless performance, it deserves clear recognition and high acclaim.
For fans of Children Of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Slayer, Testament, Pentagram and all extreme, death, black and doom metal.