I like music that has a lot of heart and conviction about it. My opinion is that, to truly write music and be a musician, you need to put a piece of yourself out there. That vulnerability is what’s appealing, and it adds an emotional connection to what you’re trying to impart. Bearing that in mind, let’s check what I’ve been jamming this week.
1. “Dispossession” – Northlane
The first track from their 2011 breakthrough album Discoveries, “Dispossession” is the definitive Northlane track. Blending djent, hardcore, experimental rock and funk into one glorious package, is there any wonder why these boys have taken off so hard? I dare you to listen to the opening guitar line and not start dancing.
2. “Lost Your Name” – Balance & Composure
I never really had much time for Balance & Composure until a few weeks ago. Sure, Separation had its moments, but I always thought that it was missing a certain energy. Then they put out The Things We Think We’re Missing and it’s one of the best albums of the year. “Lost Your Name” is a surprise kick to the guts in a record driven primarily by atmospheric rock.
3. “Widower” – Make Them Suffer
God damn, I found these guys in September last year and now they’re my favorite band. “Widower” is the ninth track on their Neverbloom album, which is probably the best Australian death metal album ever conceived. I always perceive this song as one’s descent into a nightmare. The highly unsettling piano intro conveys a state of confusion, like you’re slowly waking up in a desolate wilderness, but then Sean Harmanis bellows “WILL YOU REMEMBER ME?” and that’s when demonic forces start committing unspeakable horrors. It’s an absolutely amazing song, and if you have any interest in death metal/deathcore, I urge you to buy Make Them Suffer’s Neverbloom.