Annisokay Abyss Pt 1 – Arising Empire If there is one thing Germany is guaranteed to deliver, then it is quality heavy metal. Ever since the genres inception they’ve churned out an array of amazing bands, and spearheading the current crop of young hopefuls are Annisokay. Since forming in 2007, they’ve been at the cutting edge of heavy music and their latest EP, Abyss Pt 1, finds them reaching further into the beckoning void. ‘Into The Abyss’ is a crystalline introduction that sparkles and shimmers, and its other-worldly feel makes the perfect foil for ‘Human’ which wakes us like a splash of cold water in the face. From the clean and harsh vocals to the loud and quiet passages via the heavy yet emotive sound, Annisokay are a pleasing tension of opposites, and these juxtapositions hold the listener in a vice like grip over six songs. Aided by an expansive production this EP sounds absolutely enormous, and no matter at what volume it’s played, it owns the room. My only gripe with this recording is that it’s too darn short; it gives us a taste of paradise that disappears as quickly as it arrives, but true to the old adage, it certainly leaves us hungry for more!