Song Review: Auroran Skyfall – “Explode True Life”

Song Review: Auroran Skyfall – “Explode True Life”

Song review: Explode True Life
Band: Auroran Skyfall
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Date of Release: 15th October 2013
Genre: Metalcore
Reviewer: Erised

Lyrics. They are a deal-breaker. Good lyrics can make an average song bearable and bad lyrics can make an otherwise decent song cringe-worthy. This song, sadly, falls into the latter category. These are some of the worst lyrics I’ve read since I made the ill-fated decision to read the lyrics for E N D W O R L D‘s EP. For the sake of my point, here’s the lyrics in their entirety, as presented on Auroran Skyfall’s bandcamp.

“Weight of the world on my head. Slamming down on my neck crushing all my bones. I can’t take the pain the pain if far to strong for my brittle neck. You will never crush my soul or my spirit. Fuck you world for I am strong. Weight like fucking paper. Lift you above my head. See how strong I am. Take you far away. To the edge of the universe. To end your days. End your miserable days. Make us kings of the world. Then you may live another day. The waves may crash around you. In the mountains they may fall and ill know I’ve found my purpose. Ill find my way back home. Over the edge of the universe just to watch you mother fucking explode. Fuck regret its all in the past all we have us now. Know one said its ever going to be easy. Make us kings of the universe. Or you’ll all fucking die trying to escape my demons. But these demons somehow can swim”

Oh. Dear. Lord.
Poetry such as this is more commonly found amongst angsty, borderline illiterate teenagers with a large portrait of Oli Sykes on their wall. For the record, I am a big fan of both Bring Me The Horizon and Oli Sykes’ lyrics, but the “Can You Feel My Heart” rip in the last line is just too fucking much. This is actually the most text I’ve ever dedicated just to lyrics, so congratulations on irking me enough to earn two whole paragraphs just on your shitty lyricism.

Moving on from the lyrics, the vocals themselves aren’t too bad really. Mostly mid-hardcore screams with the odd high thrown in for some variety. Ably performed. The cleans are actually fantastic, the guy can really sing. That being said, the shithouse embellishment at the end of the chorus hook is really unnecessary. And bad. And unnecessary. See? It’s annoying isn’t it? Told you so.

There’s some pretty cool little riffs in this as well to be honest. I’m not so cynical that as soon as I see “metalcore” I automatically go “This is going to be shitty and generic”. I honestly do try and enjoy the song before I go looking for things to criticise. The highlight of this entire song for me was the nifty little triplet run at 2:30 which really changes up the breakdown and stops it from feeling like every other breakdown you’ve heard in your life.

The drums are acceptable, some nice interplay between fill and feel changes whilst still maintaining that behind-the-beat-groove that is so popular these days. The synth strings are a nice touch to fill out the sound as well. The production is also tidy, everything sitting pretty well in the mix, even the bass. Of course, it’d make it easier to hear the bass if he ever left the root note. I swear they should just make 1 string basses for 99% of the bands we review. Hell, we’ll even shout!

Overall, this is an okay song that is badly let down by it’s lyrical content. Pretty much everything else is totally acceptable, even enjoyable in parts, but those lyrics really are fucking awful. And bad. And awful.

Vocals: Screams: 6.5/10 Cleans: 8/10
Guitars: 6.5/10
Bass: 010 000 12 10 13 12/10
Drums: 7/10
Production: 7/10
Lyrics: 1/10
Songwriting: 4/10
Overall IPHYB Rating: 5/10

Song Review: Auroran Skyfall – “Explode True Life”
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Chris Giacca

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Chris Giacca just may be the worst writer in the world, but it doesn't matter because he probably still has a bigger audience than you, so he is by default automatically right about everything. No exceptions. He's currently writing a novel which will be uploaded in single chapter installments as spoken word on bandcamp. Physical releases will be on laser disc only, limited to 17 1/2 units. Don't ask about the half.

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