Hailing from Gqeberha, formally Port Elizabeth and affectionately referred to as the ‘Windy City’, Ghast and Boiling Point combine forces to deliver an interesting and compelling metal releases that fuses aspects of hardcore and death metal.
With individual tracks from each band and two collaborative offerings, the EP highlights the sense of community in the close knit metal fraternity. Both bands took this EP as an opportunity “ to rekindle some sense of community between the band members of Ghast and Boiling Point”.
Creatives are oft seen as conduits, or distillers if you will, of public and social consciousness and through the years artists have used music as a medium of self-expression. This split EP is no different and it comes as a reactionary response to “poverty and violence” which has affected the bands’ hometowns and “excluded the majority from participating in the happenings of our city, and any sense of community has died in the waves of lockdown tensions, unemployment, social isolation, and infrastructural collapse.”
With live shows being far and few between, especially in the more impoverished parts of the world such as Africa, projects like this are essentially to keeping the metal scene active and growing. Bands are innovating around the pandemic and finding ways to respond to the various challenges brought about by the pressing global issue.
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Artwork by Alfi Sulvi
Music written and performed by Ghast and Boiling Point
Produced by Matt Gracie and Justin Steyn at Dire Noise
Mastered by Chris Paterson at Crescent Studio