Release Date: August 30th, 2012
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As the deathcore chaff begins to steadily fall away, it seems to have come to a case of evolve or die for the genre’s heavy hitters. Whether it be Bring Me The Horizon abandoning the sound altogether, Suicide Silence opting for a more traditional approach or Whitechapel‘s shifting of dynamics, the chug and blast which once dominated the scene apparently is not enough nowadays to truly excite audiences. Which, on the evidence of their debut EP ‘Flatline’, stands Hymn For The Fallen in good stead for the future.
The Northwich based quintet deliver a brand of extreme metal which, whilst perhaps not pushing the envelope, contains enough finger cramping technicality and thuggish stomp to keep us grasped by the throat. The opening title-track launches into some lacerating riff work, and rarely lets up as the slash and stab arpeggios and fleet footed percussion maintains a relentless pace.
Indeed, for such a young outfit, the musicianship here really is commendable. The rapid fire guitar leads and subtle atmospheric touches replete in ‘Come Out And Play’ display, not only a fantastic instrumental dexterity, but also a focus on arrangement and songsmithery fundamental to any band worth their salt. ‘All My Hate’ keeps things simple with some swinging grooves and melodic flashes, whereas tracks such as ‘Disconnected’ go straight for the jugular, all tremolo picked riffs and injurious blasting, interspersed with, of course, the inevitable chug downs.
‘Flatline’ may be nothing we haven’t heard before, but the fact remains that Hymn For The Fallen display a welcome metallic know how which goes beyond mere beat down fuelled barbarity, and with all the time in the world to grow and mature, these up-and-coming bruisers could be capable of something really special. An excellent first effort.
Written by Tony Bliss
Founder & Editor for DEAD PRESS! | Atheist and antitheist. | Judge of the quick & the dead since 1989.