The 2000s metalcore revival has certainly been going strong, but it’s fair to say that it was needing a new injection of life going into this year, which a handful of acts have thankfully provided.
San Diego’s SeeYouSpaceCowboy got a lot of people talking back in January with their compilation album ‘Songs For The Firing Squad’ – all the fury, chaos, and antagonism from their EPs in one blistering sitting. And it hasn’t taken long for their debut-album-proper to arrive in the form of ‘The Correlation Between Entrance And Exit Wounds’.
The furious ‘Armed With Their Teeth’ gets us right into first gear, and, as to be expected now, lead vocalist Connie Sgarbossa‘s presence and vocal range is right at the centre, serving up evil moans, frantic yelps, and maniacal growls.
But the band now have extra strings to their bow, and somewhat unexpectedly as well. ‘With High Hopes And Clipped Wings’ offers a clean-guitar driven section, and not for the first time on this album. The visceral side of their sound is very much still intact, though, and it already feels like a fluid and winning combination.
With most songs being on the shorter side, and their sound operating much more directly than previously, SeeYouSpaceCowboy are wasting no time and taking no prisoners. ‘Disdain Coupled With A Wide Smile’ in particular offers up typically crushing breakdowns.
The more solemn, emotionally-charged ‘Late December’, complete with grief-ridden spoken word, further shows that they’ve have found a new way to see us in our seat, and sure enough it builds up into more energy. Then there’s ‘Have You Lost The Plot’; an obnoxious interlude entirely consisting of elongated feedback, which shows that they can still poke at you with a stick.
‘Put On A Show, Don’t Let Them See You Fall’ is the album’s highlight, delivering a combination of everything great about SeeYouSpaceCowboy. We have a punk-like opening, a flurry of blast beats, and earth-shattering mechanical breakdowns. It’s probably the band’s finest moment to date.
‘Growth’ is a word that’s banded about a lot, but an instrumental track like ‘No Words, No Compensating Lies’ wasn’t something that many could have foreseen. Similarly, ‘Dissertation Of An Idle Voice’ begins more delicately, and builds into a truly invigorating climax.
Whilst not quite as haphazard as before, but still as bone-crushing as ever, SeeYouSpaceCowboy‘s debut full-length effort sees them continue to breathe fire into the hardcore circuit. With the rate at which they’ve developed in such a short space of time, there’s only so many places that they can go on their next effort.
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