A lot of modern hardcore and metalcore is predictable now, as the scene is becoming saturated with more breakdowns than an emotional porn star. Fathom‘s new EP, ‘Cold Youth’, comes straight out of Brighton and keeps itself sounding just a tad fresher than the rest by making everything sound slightly darker.
The EP kicks off with its dark introduction to opener, ‘Pride Of Lions’, which shuns repetitiveness in life, even though this isn’t the most ground breaking record itself. What makes it sound slightly more original is moderately darker guitar tones combined with rough, low and despair filled vocals.
However, there are a lot of hardcore clichés on this album, such as dull breakdowns and moments when singer Max Campbell will break away from his more original dark and furious vocals and go into a more traditional hardcore grunts, occasionally joined by gang vocals. It’s not that these parts are done badly, it’s just that whilst listening you think “Wow, this part is really cool. Oh, wait, now they’re doing average hardcore again”. The best example to this is ‘XIV’, which features weird tech-y moments and broken up riffs which feel really original, only to be brought down by tedious gang vocals.
‘Cold Youth’ is a half decent EP, though, and if you’re looking for middle of the road dark hardcore and can’t get enough of beatdowns that could easily fill a small venue, then look no further. If you’re looking for a new original take on hardcore or metalcore then it might be best to skip this EP, but the band do show a lot of potential. Keep an eye on them and hope for a release without all the boring bits.
Written by Jack King