Eaten by Sharks

Label: Independent
Three similar bands: Fit For An Autopsy/Cattle Decapitation/Revocation

Rating: HHHHHHH (3/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
1. Shallow Water
2. Dead Weight
3. Kill and consume
4. Same Face, Different Mask
5. Depth Charge
6. Apex Predator
7. Megalodon

Matt Sherriff – Vocals
Chris Chaperon – Lead Guitar
Dan Okowinsky– Rhythm Guitar
Tyler Abrams – Bass
Justin Whitehead - Drums

We're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat (EP 2013)


Produced by Christian Donaldson
Mixed by Christian Donaldson
Mastered by Christian Donaldson
Album Artwork by Shindy Design

Released 2022-08-26
Reviewed 2022-09-11


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Funny name, it had me wondering just how big the probability of being eaten by sharks actually is. Is it a bigger risk of being eaten by sharks than winning the lottery? Well, I looked at the stats and if we consider how many people that are being attacked by Sharks each year there is a bigger chance to win the biggest jackpots here in Sweden, the chance of winning the Eurojackpot is several times bigger than being attacked by a shark. And about one in eight of those attacked by sharks die, I couldn’t find any statistics on how many that are actually eaten but I would say that the chances of that are non-existent unless perhaps if you are a surfer as those are more likely to be attacked. I think shark horror, like the concept of this album, forgets that the chances of shark attacks are practically none. But someone tends to win the lotteries, like the 73 reported unprovoked shark attacks last year.

In terms of music these shark meals have come up with a technical death metal/metalcore style of music, nothing extraordinary in terms of creativity. They call it an EP, but being seven tracks and over 27 minutes long I find it to be more of a full length than an EP. Still, it is up to them to label as they like, I guess. If I view the music a bit more, I find that they have a typical singer for their style, and that the EP lacks a bit of variety – it feels more like 45 minutes than 27.

I am strangely unmoved by this album; I listen but never pays attention to it. It never catches my interest; it passes in the background, and it ends with me dismissing it from my mind. It is not a bad release, but it is not a good one either. I find that it is more interesting to look up statistics about sharks and things like that rather than actually caring about the music on the album, because when we look at it there are already countless bands doing this kind of music far better than Eaten by Sharks.

It is not that I’d rather be eaten by sharks than play this album, but it doesn’t particularly excite me. I find that it is 27 minutes of boredom that feels more like 45 minutes. So the best thing about this album, besides the funny name of the band, seems to be that I haven’t actually wasted as much time as it seemed to listen to it – that, at least, is a good thing.