Song Review: Tomb Of Doom – ‘Worm’

Song Review: Tomb Of Doom – ‘Worm’

Band: Tomb of Doom Song: Worm Genre: Deathcore Date of release: 27/06/16 Location: Brisbane Reviewer: Benjamin Muir For Fans Of: To the Grave, A Night in Texas Before we go on, let me state that I haven’t listened to a lot of deathcore on record since I was a kid, at which point my taste in the genre was entry-level at best – but due to the proliferation of mixed-bills I have attended in recent times, I have heard enough live to be partially aware of what the trends and nuances are these days, but it’s definitely not my area of expertise. With that in mind, in spite of their size I hadn’t listened to Tomb of Doom before this review although I had heard my band’s vocalist, an avid deathcore nerd as well as our other guitarist rave about them. I won’t lie, for the first ten seconds of the song, I was lulled into thinking this might have been quite generic – until at about a twelve seconds when the guitarist employed an inventive use of harmonics to devastating effect which was when I realised that this track was something special. The band label themselves as death metal/hardcore, which I found at first to be a bizarre label, but it became apparent at about a minute in why this was the case. While there are two metalcore-esque breakdowns in the song, at about thirty seconds in and at about a minute-thirty in, at a minute, the song transitioned into a hardcore-influenced two-step passage that still had lashings of death metal – but ultimately presented a more organic...
Song Review: Failure Of Faith – ‘The Prayer’

Song Review: Failure Of Faith – ‘The Prayer’

Song: ‘The Prayer’ Band: Failure Of Faith Location: Lithgow, Australia Date of release: 13/06/16 Genre: Blackened deathcore/Mosh/Slaughterhouse mix Reviewer: Champion13yron For Fans Of: Cradle Of Filth, Infant Annihilator Why They Aren’t Famous: a) They’re a band from Lithgow, wherever that is; b) Fucking Lithgow. I’m going to start off by saying that I can just imagine this being a Joey Jordison side project with the talented bloke from Infant Annihilator and one dude from Cannibal Corpse. All this aside, I must also apologise to my elderly neighbours. I sincerely hope y’all are still kicking about after this review. For a song titled ‘The Prayer’, it really should be one of those upbeat Christian folk tunes with that weird priest dude and his senile missus, but alas it is everything but. The song starts melodic enough – decent heavy tones ringing through – but it’s really when the filthy gutturals begin that you actually start listening. I understand that is that ‘screamo-hardcore crap’ Mum, but seriously, with lyrics like: “Everyday I wish for death and prey for genocide / This world needs a cleansing to be purified”, what more could you want? Taking into consideration how fucked up my generation is thus far, it’s nice to hear some meaningful lyrics every once in a while. Honestly, I swear these blokes rented out an abandoned abattoir and recorded ‘The Prayer’ on the drummer’s 8-track recorder. The mix down of vocals are too high and detracts from the guitar licks. There’s little to no variation throughout the piece until you get to the metal-core phaser which, in turn, brings about the breakdown...
Song Review: Murder Your Maker – ‘Servant Of Death’

Song Review: Murder Your Maker – ‘Servant Of Death’

Band: Murder Your Maker Song: ‘Servant Of Death’ Genre: Deathcore Date of Release: 25/07/2014 Location: Brisvegas Reviewer: Chemikarl For Fans Of: Mediocre Deathcore Growing up as a naïve child in the decaying exurbs of Western Sydney, one of the favourite pastimes of the roving gang of neighbourhood miscreants I hung around was to break into construction sites to see what sort of fascinating stuff could be found lurking amid piles of asbestos and rusted nails. A couple of times, through what were probably multiple breaches of OH&S regulation, we’d come across an amazing jackpot or two that the construction workers had left behind: a slab of wet concrete, left overnight to dry. This being the 90s, of course, a slab of wet concrete was the closest thing most of us had to a Facebook timeline or a music blog, and so we’d cover the thing in all the obscenities I now reserve for people who annoy me on the internet, cackling with glee. Of course, after about four minutes, even the thickest of children – notably, myself – invariably realise that playing with cement is only fun for about forty-five seconds in total. There are only so many times you can write your name in wet concrete before the novelty wears off. And who really wants fucking wet concrete in their hair or under their fingernails? Not me. I mention this, because Murder Your Maker, the subject of today’s review, are about as interesting as watching wet concrete dry; and let’s not even get started on how little I want them in my hair and under my fingernails. Apparently...
Song Review: Diminish In Eternity – ‘The Fourth Kind’

Song Review: Diminish In Eternity – ‘The Fourth Kind’

Band: Diminish In Eternity Song: The Fourth Kind Genre: Deathcore Date Of Release: November 8, 2015 Location: Hesperia, CA Reviewer: Mitch Alexander For Fans Of: Thy Art Is Murder, Veil Of Maya, punching people not in the pit Diminish In Eternity‘s logo does a cool thing where the N goes across all the words in the name, and while that has fuck all to do with the music, I wanted to put it in here before I forget. Mainly because I thought it was cool, and also because I’d like to establish up front how seriously you should take this, or any my reviews. Ever. (not a single fucking bit, is the answer). Here’s the thing about ‘The Fourth Kind’ – it’s fine. This song is fine, and it’s probably fun as all hell live, but listening to this just made me think yes, this is music, and it is fine. There are a couple of standout riffs that made me go “Oh, that is a nice riff which is fine,” like the groovy second section or the last of the one-too-many breakdowns, but a large portion of the song made my eyes glass over and my tongue loll about dead in my mouth, as if I had just suffered an aneurysm. I struggle to understand how people get excited producing something that’s been done to death. We’ve got the widdly guitar glitch-out before a breakdown, the bass hit heralding the other staccato breakdown, some blasting and cool screeching, and the section where the singer screams some unintelligible cement-mixer-garbage before yet another fucking breakdown. Not a single section of...
Song Review: Athenas Wake – ‘Witches’

Song Review: Athenas Wake – ‘Witches’

Band: Athenas Wake Song: Witches Location: Geelong, VIC Release Date: September 10, 2015 Genre: Melodic Death Metal Reviewer: Muir For Fans Of: Opeth, Job for a Cowboy Let me preface this review with the fact that I’m not the biggest death metal fan, and if you’re highly appreciative of the genre, then you will be immediately more inclined to enjoy this track. This does not mean that I cannot objectively review it, but I’m sure this will be brought into question by the kids – but I did enjoy some of the big names in melodic and progressive death metal when I was younger, and most definitely appreciate its profound influence on the brand of metalcore that I largely grew up listening to. After the absolute raw sewerage soup which was the last track I reviewed, it would have been fun to have some similarly prime shock material as I feel that mercilessly ripping on things is the only means by which I can create anything myself – according to my therapist, anyway. I was hoping for another objectively terrible song, but the name of the band seemed familiar to me (and conjured no distinct association with distaste), and so, after a quick Google, it revealed that I had in fact heard them a number of years ago. Full disclosure, I didn’t mind them terribly, but I barely remember that track now. That’s kind of the problem though – twelve hours after last listen to ‘Witches’ and I can barely remember the song. It’s definitely not awful – in fact, it’s pretty good – but I find myself forgetting...
EP Review: Gravemind – “The Hateful One”

EP Review: Gravemind – “The Hateful One”

Band: Gravemind EP: The Hateful One Genre: Deathcore Date of Release: 26/12/15 Reviewer: Chris Giacca For Fans Of: Thy Art Is Murder, Whitechapel, Carnifex Track Listing: 1. Scriptures of Torment 2. The Glass Purge 3. Nagini’s Noose 4. The Lowest Circle of Hell (ft. CJ McMahon) 5. Scriptures of Hate (ft. Mark Poida) It’s 2016. If we consider Whitechapel’s ’06 release ‘The Somatic Defilement’ as the birth of deathcore as a mainstream juggernaut, then we are coming up to 10 years of the genre. In that time, we’ve seen focus on breakdowns, shred, stupidly powerful vocals, ridiculous blast beats and hilariously brutal lyrics. We’ve gone through the massive build-ups, the surprise sub-drops, the pig squeals, the gutturals. We’ve seen bands rise and fall, change members, influence trends and yet, it’s all coming to an end. Gravemind, despite being an objectively enjoyable band, are a very strong indicator of the demise of deathcore. I’m strongly starting to suspect that we have reached a saturation point in deathcore. We have gotten to the point where damn near everything that can be achieved in the genre, has, and as a consequence, we are seeing bands like Gravemind seek to rehash existing ideas with a glossy production sheen in an attempt to stay relevant. This isn’t a bad thing, by any means. It happens pretty inevitably in just about every genre. No genre can support an overwhelming weight of new content without succumbing to being a parodical version of itself before long. There’s only so many ways you can align staccato, open string chugs, only so many ways to juxtapose dissonant chords over...
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