Song: The Wrath Kept Within Band:Hollow World Location: Melbourne, Victoria Date of Release: 07/07/2015 Genre: Melodic Death Metal Reviewer: Welmanshire For Fans Of: The Black Dahlia Murder, Golden Gaytimes, Buffalo Bills. Why They Aren’t Famous: They’ll get there eventually.
I’ve made some significant withdrawals from the Bank Of Memory throughout the days of my youth. I suspect that as I take passage into my elder years, I’ll find my balance to be modest and my credit questionable at best. For that reason I won’t bore you with a trip down the fragmented and denigrated lane that is my memory; I wouldn’t trust what we would find, and it’s likely we’ll bump into some frighteningly objectionable characters along the way.
“Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and self-respect and everything that goes along with your self-esteem. They’re no good at all”
That’s not actually funny in any way, but it rings true. Prolonged experimentation with drugs (expert of denial) will make you forget things. Like the point I’m trying to make. I seriously can’t remember.
Anyway, I believe I was planning a segue into how fucking inspiring Melbourne melodic death metallers Hollow World are. So let’s talk about their song The Wrath Kept Within, and why you should listen to it immediately.
The track opens with a true to roots melodic death metal riff which showcases the backbone of the band. The vocals in The Wrath Within are solid as all hell; Ben Roberts’ highs are frantic, fluid and full of raw energy – you could draw comparisons with The Agony Scenes’ Mike Williams in terms of intensity. His vocal phrasing throughout the song is also extremely well thought out, and the lows provided by guitarist Theo Goslett produce the signature vocal duality which features in so much of the melodic death metal that we love.
Next up is a blast beat which flows into an elegant and galloping bridging section. This is Hollow World’s first display of effortless transitions – from traditional melodic death to galloping and intense riffage, through to broad and flourishing waves of synth, blasts and high-end lead. Again, the utilisation of high and lows by Ben Roberts and Theo Gosletts, known from this moment on as ‘Bentheo Gobletts‘, is flawless, excellently timed and positioned in the interest of overall songwriting. No vocal show ponying, and none needed.
Hollow World display their progressive side throughout the song with some of the aforementioned synth underlays, and the peppered guitar harmonies by one half of Bentheo Gobletts, Theo Gosletts, and other axeman Michael Truscotts. Or, as they’re collectively known; ‘Tru-Michael Scotletts‘. They compliment each other perfectly, and clearly have some technical knowledge residing in their weird, collective brain. Look at it.
Tru-Michael Scotletts. (shudders)
The highlight of the song is definitely at the two-minute mark, and is what ultimately sets this band out from the rest of the crowd. The quick-to-miss breakdown is extremely effective at breaking up the song and confirming that Hollow World are more than just a straight-up, melodic death metal band. It’s not just a mindless breakdown either, with Tru-Michael Scotletts painting a well-structured groove that leaves you wanting more, and resulted in me spinning the song consecutively to GET DOWN.
The composition finishes up with Tru-Michael ripping out a solo over blasts, with more underlying synth and screams to round it out to fade. It’s all a very traditional finish, but there are no complaints – it felt like the perfect closing statement to what was a beautiful mix of tradition and modernisation.
They’ve well and truly nailed it. They’re producing classic and superbly executed melodic death metal, with hints of innovative songwriting and progressive sensibilities. Hollow World remind us what we love and hold dear about the genre and excite us for what the future holds.
Vocals: 9/10 Guitars: 8/10 Bass: 7/10 Drums: 8/10 Production: 7/10 Lyrics: They didn’t provide a copy of the lyrics. I’m just going to assume he sung about Golden Gaytimes or a selection of other delicious icecreams, so in that case 10/10 Songwriting: 8.5/10 Overall IPHYB Rating: 8/10 Personal Enjoyment: 9/10
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