Metalcore has, in recent years, become a genre that’s easily stigmatised and scrutinised simultaneously. With an oversaturation of breakdowns and, frankly, uninspired released in general, something has to give for some bands at some point. Liferuiner are the latest band to come back and attempt to set the record straight.
With the already mentioned detail of the stigmatisation of the metalcore genre, ‘Future Revisionists’ would possibly only half avoid that stigmatisation. The record, thankfully, offers a vast array of melodic implementation and execution, has no huge reliance on those ‘brutal’ breakdowns that many hardcore bands rely on, and has some well placed melodic lead sections.
The record champions pieces of material that suggest the need for diverse and coherent music within areas the metalcore scene. For instance, opening track ‘Vacant’ includes a continuous melodic overtone with distant vocal screams to create an atmospheric environment. Not only does this suggest a diverse music choice, but it equally adapts to the melody musicianship that metalcore entails. Track six, ‘Fissure’, heads down the typical breakdown root, however, the band incorporate a lead section which sits underneath and balances the more heavy side to the track. This allows the band to effectively establish a balance in sound, rather than opting for the typical, monotonous, breakdown choice.
Now, although so far it may sound as though Liferuiner have copped onto a winner, unfortunately that isn’t entirely the case. The band definitely offer a sound which is digestible and by no means terrible, but the record suffers from being unremarkable. ‘Future Revisionists’ may offer a good metalcore sound as previously stated and analysed, however, it’s nothing new and nothing diverse on a broad scale.
Although the individual musicianship on each particular track is diverse in sound itself, the record as a body of work amounts to very little diversity. Apart from the opening track, the album falls into a sea of melodic leads, distortion guitars and vocals that lack very little range. With such remote differentiation between tracks, the playback value of the record becomes increasingly reluctant and, subsequently, fails to amount to significance on the basis of consistent listening.
Liferuiner have by no means created something poor or something that lacks musical credibility amongst the genre. But, the record suffers from too much repetition in sound, thus, amounting to lack of diverse track choice. With a more variation in execution relating to track choice and listing, ‘Future Revisionists’ could have been a real milestone in Liferuiner‘s musical career. Perhaps next time will tell a different story.
Written by Calv Robinson