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Tunguska: Decline EP – “playing between the lines of sludge and post-metal”

The London-based four piece return with their second EP.

Formed in 2019 and despite the current COVID-19 pandemic, London-based Tunguska have been steadily building something within the London metal fraternity.

Having released their self-titled EP in 2019 and following up with standalone track, the aptly titled Untethered Guillotine, through lockdown, Tunguska have been chipping away at their next EP.

The end result is Decline.

Merging traditional origins with sludgy post-metal, Decline is a welcome addition into the world of hard-nosed progressive sounds.

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It all begins with A Cold Symmetry – a raging hammer blow and the kind of song that spews debris after a bar rumble between Neurosis and Cult of Luna.

And the all-in-brawls don’t stop here.

Tunguska - Decline EP

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Salve that Wears the Crown is the clear winner on Decline. A withering number that rises from the flames with pummelling kick drum action and equally fast, serrated guitars. Which leads into Challenging. The closing cut that floats between the worlds of Neurosis‘ hardcore period and their alliance with Steve Albini.

Decline is an EP playing between the lines of sludge and post-metal but will welcome the ears of hardcore and punk dissidents, alike. It’s a strong release, adding to Tunguska‘s impressive debut. It will be interesting to see where they go to next.

Decline is out later this month. Visit Tunguska’s Bandcamp page for more details.

By Simon Kirk

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