After a few listens I feel as if I’m ready to review Hester Prynne‘s debut album The Goswell Divorce. As a note, for some reason I thought this was As Blood Runs Black’s new album. I had mixed up the name of one of ABRB’s song with their name and I actually got through one entire listen before I realized my mistake. Shows you how generic deathcore is.
The album art for The Goswell Divorce is mediocre at best. The first time you see it, you think “Hey, that’s alright” but after a few glances the novelty really does wear off quite quickly. Weak attempt if you ask me, could have done a lot better.
Hester Prynne is, to say the least, a generic deathcore band. But they do have some fun little gimmicks to keep you entertained for a few listens. A few great solo’s, a few brutal breakdowns…pretty much everything yore looking for in a deathcore album. One thing this band fails epically hard on is their use of Bass Drops (808’s..whatever you wanna call them). I am a huge fan of these, they are wicked cool in a car with good bass, but Hester Prynne just didn’t understand how to effectively use them. They come in at the most random times, and never last long enough. First time a band has failed with these…I mean, even Atilla did it right.
Guitars/Bass/Drums are all what you would expect, nothing ground breaking but if you’re a fan of the genre you will enjoy the licks. The high vocals are great, but the lows could use a little work. Not the best I’ve ever heard. The vocals sound similar to Bring Me The Horizon‘s debut album, not Oli’s talk/scream he has going now.
“Leean Legore” is my favorite track on the album, combining great deathcore with a chill interlude and awesome finishing solo. One of the most solid songs on the album. Which is, oddly enough, followed by the albums worst song “Bad for Business” (Oh so true) which is a terrible Attack Attack techno interlude. A huge waste of disc space, not sure what compelled them to put this piece of shit on the album. Oh and by the way, the song ends with an explosion…you know… like the end of a Junior Varsity cheer leading routine…yea like that. The last song “The Courtship of Wolves and Sharks” is also another great song that ends with a chill guitar session.
All in all, The Goswell Divorce is an alright album, if you’re into deathcore that is. Generic, but with a few fun surprises thrown into the mix give the album a slight edge. I highly suggest if you’re a fan of Bring Me The Horizon or A Thousand Times Repent.