Wild Throne’s debut three-song EP, Blood Maker, is controlled sonic violence rolled in a layer of psychedelia and topped with epic vocals. The music is as aggressive and powerful as Jane Doe-era Converge if the hardcore heroes were fronted by a young Rob Halford of Judas Priest instead of Jacob Bannon.

As you might expect from that description, the Bellingham, Washington-based prog-core three-piece covers a lot of terrain in each song — the five-minute “Shadow Deserts” interlaces yowling electronic effects with blistering Kurt Ballou-esque guitar moments and complex drumming syncopations. Singer/guitarist Josh Holland’s vocal range is akin to that of Halford — Holland takes it seamlessly from a lower register or whisper into controlled high-pitched screams that somehow serve the spastic onslaught perfectly.

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