Again, ample ground is covered. "Pyre of the Harvest Queen" moves in a Deceased-like prowl of mid-tempo death/thrash metal with the semblance of atmospheric creeping. "Night Hunter" is the EP's homerun, charging out of the gate with a blazing thrash riff and then catapulting to a retrogressive rhythm and a melting solo that drips fire and isn't artificial. "Hexahedron" finds middle ground between blitzing death/thrash metal and atmospheric prowls waiting to pounce, probably the weakest of the three. The other track is an instrumental ambient bit whose inclusion makes sense, but the bond it makes doesn't adhere well. This class of interlude would find better use on a longer format, not an EP that runs for a total of fifteen minutes.
The only disposable track is "Sleeper in the Deep," the aforementioned instrumental, which isn't too bad, just badly placed. All in all, while the next "Haunting the Chapel" it is not, "Cimmerian Shade" isn't too shabby.
Vampire - Cimmerian Shade
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