Most bands’ mothers think their childrens’ music sounds like total garbage. It’s never as good as what was popular “back in the day”. The Elijah have written a record that their mothers will surely be able to listen to and hopefully one that won’t be greeted with comments like “this isn’t music, it’s just noise!”.
‘I Loved I Hated I Destroyed I Created’ is for fans of Devil Sold His Soul and other bands that aren’t satisfied with treading the path well travelled towards contemporary post-hardcore. Heights are another modern band that have dipped into this sort of genre, but The Elijah bring a lot more orchestration to the table. The poetic nature of the song titles will indicate to you that this is not intended as any other album, and it has been designed intelligently and with the whole package in mind.
For such a young band, it’s a very mature sound. The throat-stripping vocals may take a while to get used to for new fans of this type of music, but you only need to look at bands like La Dispute to see how they can be used well to convey emotion well. There’s cleans mixed in as well though, sounding eerily reminiscent of Sam Carter of Architects fame in places.
It’s not fast. It’s not beefy. It’s an interesting take on post-hardcore. If you like going to your local metal club every week and mindlessly headbanging to Pantera and Machine Head, it’s not for you. But, if you watch the occasional episode of University Challenge just to appreciate the knowledge on offer, have a listen. You may just learn a thing or two from these guys.
Written by MG Savage