As seen in various local scenes around the United States, hardcore has recently been facing a cumulative revival. Bands everywhere are beginning to trade in the generic aesthetics of the recent post / metal – core wave, which quickly overpopulated the scene just a few years ago, for a somewhat forgotten approach to the fundamentals of heavy music.
With the hardcore revival well underway, its ethos are far from forgotten. Case in point: Northwest Indiana natives The Truth. Currently comprised of vocalist Kyle Middleton, guitarists Sean Warren and Nathan Cox, bassist Brian Whittinghill, and drummer Patrick Goodson, The Truth was formed from the ashes of various miscellaneous outfits that ultimately met the same dead-end fate.
However, rather than being deterred by their past musical endeavors, the members of The Truth decided to come together over the simple common ground of experience and yearning to utilize what they’ve learned in the past. The result of that overall exploitation comes in the form of their self-released debut effort, Dead on the Inside.
A relentless display of pure musical aggression from conception to completion, DOTI emits an arguably unparalleled maturity given the band’s short time together as a unit. Things kick off with the intro track “Boneyard”, which impeccably sets the merciless tone for the rest of the release. The band weave themselves in and out of pernicious breakdowns (“Sink”), communicable double-step rhythms (“D.O.T.I. Pt. 2”), and straight-to-the-point, no-holding-back lyricism (“Real Talk”), all coalescing together to make DOTI an essential listen for any fan of heavy music.
Alongside vocalist Kyle Middleton’s impressive performance, the band augments his delivery on two separate occasions (“Enemy” and “Take a Look”) by bringing along two separate guest vocals: Corkscrew‘s Derick Goodson on the former and Havenside‘s Brandon Wells on the latter. Each appearance intensifies its respective track, rather than feeling impelled and assuaging the overall potency.
Altogether, DOTI is an exceedingly remarkable debut release from the five Indiana natives. Although a handful of minor cracks in the surface are brought to light upon indulgence, as long as the boys in The Truth keep to their unflagging DIY ethos, the sky truly will be the limit as to how far they can take what was once nothing more than a distant dream. They may be dead on the inside, but on the outside things are looking undoubtedly alive and well.