Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Deathcore I Actually Enjoy, Part II: With Dead Hands Rising
How do you make Gothenburg-style melodic death metal that isn't weak and boring? There've not been many satisfying answers to that question. At The Gates did it for one or two tracks on Slaughter of The Soul by actually living up to their potential as riff-writers. The Crown did it by actually being a really fast thrash band. Hypocrisy does it by actually being a death metal band. Amon Amarth did* it by actually being vikings. But they've all missed the obvious answer: just crank the extremity up to 11 and then drop a GIANT FUCKING BREAKDOWN. Turns out that works just fine.
This is also a good answer to the question "how do you write deathcore that doesn't suck?" Working in a more melodic style seems to have helped WDHR focus on the songwriting elements that make music truly heavy. They actually care about the fast parts, whipping off tight, thrashing riffs instead of blundering through a morass of pseudo-technical noodling en route to the chug. But get to the chug they do. Highlight is the call to moshage at 2:10. "LET'S BURN THIS MOTHERFUCKER DOWN!" Indeed.
Thanks to my bro/bass player Travis for showing me this tonight! Check out the "Get Into" I wrote on his main band Grudges a while back. (No bias. If my friends are in lame bands I just don't write about them.)
*edited at the suggestion of perceptive readers... new Amon Amarth does suck.