I get a text one day while I’m at work. It’s from my boss, Drew Maroon, talking about the new The Browning album Burn This World. It read “Dude! You have to check out the new TB album! It’s seriously the best thing I’ve heard all year!*” I would have to disagree with him, however. After hearing only one song before receiving this text, I thought the album would be decent at best, but when I finally heard the whole album… I died a little on the inside.
I am a fan of dubstep, so when I heard a deathcore band was going to incorporate that and other electro elements like trance and house into their music, I was stoked. I’ve never been stoked for what turned out to be an audio turd in my entire life. This is one of those bands that people will either love or really, really hate, and my bets are more towards the latter. There are enough one liners here to fill a Hot Topic with new merch for a year. Described as a “soundtrack to the apocalypse,” I wouldn’t doubt it, in the sense that it makes you want to destroy everything in a fit of rage from listening to such mediocrity.
With a trance filled derp-fest that is “Not Alone,” along with shouts of “we are not alone,” really drives the point of shoddy songwriting that plagues this entire album. This band survives solely for the uniqueness factor of what they do, regardless of how horrible it is. William Hung also did the same thing… need I say more? Take away the electro music, and you have a deathcore/hardcore band so generic my ears just started bleeding again.
Then you go into the Asian-techno party of “Bloodlust” and simultaneously lose a little faith in humanity. The beginning electro section of this song really sets it up for huge showmanship, but instead you get the equivalent of a band playing deathcore like they are trying to incorporate a Weekend At Bernie’s influence into their playing style. I haven’t felt this emptiness on my iPod since I put Rebecca Black on for shits and giggles. The electro part of the song isn’t too bad, it’s when you combine it with a less heavy version of Suffokate (Return To Despair-era) that just kills it for me.
Fourth track “Standing On The Edge” is just plain bad. I gave up after this song started.
This album proves that sounding unique doesn’t always come out good. Now, if a truly talented deathcore band like Whitechapel or Suicide Silence were to extract the techno playing of this band, make a re-burger, and then tie it in with their music, I would look forward to that. I can only hope that this band hasn’t killed any future chances of other bands trying this unique blend out for themselves and making something listenable out of it. But with the current trend of garbage that has been spewed lately, these guys will probably become international headliners within a couple years because of soft, white twelve-year-olds thinking this is the greatest thing since crabcore.
* denotes lies.