Review BAEST ‘Justitia’ – EP

Aarhus death metal band Baest worked on a new EP entitled ‘Justitia’. Nearly one year after having put ‘Necro Sapiens’ out on the market, the Danish riff grinders return with a six-track release that manifests the positioning of the band.

During the last years, the quintet stays true to their passion for heavy riff and deep growls. Compared to the earlier releases though, Baest reduces pace and get closer to some of their idols, like Entombed A.D.. The fact of covering with ‘Second to None’, penned by the latter, shows the musical inspiration, and fits greatly into the context of an Ep that begins strong.

The title track kicks off the album and Baest invited with Sven De Caluwé a guest. The Aborted-frontman added some evil growls that, together with the heavy guitars, is a roaring death metal track.

With ‘Ecclesia’, Baest reduce pace even more. Partly entering the fields of doom, the quintet recorded a song that shows the wide frame offered by death metal as well as it comes with a dense sound.

A special moment, planned differently, is ‘Gargoyles’. Baest invited The Black Dahlia Murder singer Trevor Strnad for adding some vocals to the song. Since Strnad passed away in early May 2022, the song gains some extra importance and listening to the iconic frontman is a pleasure. R.I.P. Trevor.

Baest had always instrumentals on their previous releases, all being more a sort of intro or interlude. This time, the Danes take it to a next level. Baest added with ‘genesis’ a six-minute instrumental to this EP, the song that finishes off the album. Driven by a mammoth beat and well-placed tempo breaks, the song is a roaring death metal piece of music that has enough to offer to not become a lengthy closer.

Baest continue their trip through the fields of death metal and although the genre has seen a lot already, it is the passion and commitment, making ‘Justitia’ to a well-forged release. And it is the voice of Strnad that, for five minutes, comes to live for a last time.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Justitia (feat. Sven de Caluwe of Aborted)
  2. Ecclesia
  3. Gargoyles (feat. Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder)
  4. Creature
  5. Second to None – Entombed AD cover)
  6. Genesis – (instrumental)

Label: Century Media

Genre: Death Metal

Release Date EU: May 27th, 2022

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