Hailing from Nashville, Chamber are one of many new hardcore bands to emerge recently, with many of them leading a revival-of-sorts of early 2000s metalcore.
For this new compilation EP, ‘Ripping / Pulling / Tearing’, which arrives fresh from the signing to Pure Noise Records, the band have largely combined their debut EP, ‘Hatred Softly Spoken’, and recent 7″ release, ‘Final Shape’. As soon as you press play, it’s safe to say that Chamber aren’t content with preserving the musical lineage which Nashville is more known for.
And a new song is here to bring us in at full throttle, ‘Replacing Every Weakness’. Featuring plenty of nods to early era Norma Jean and Botch, as well as a tidal wave of semitone clashes, this will no doubt perk your ears right up if that floats your boat. The song is largely assisted by the free-flowing drumming of Taylor Carpenter, which adds a welcome slice of technicality, and Jacob Lilly‘s growl leads the way nicely.
‘Ripping / Pulling / Tearing’, taken from ‘Hatred Softly Spoken’, serves as the title-track, and is largely driven by a processed drum beat, which leads us into ‘Every Blade’, a song that demonstrates their savagery nicely.
‘Skin’ attempts a slower, sludgier terrain for a while; the band are simply not content for staying at the same rhythm or tempo for the whole song. And the mathcore freak-out section at the end of the track shows that there’s plenty of dexterity on to display, and they can certainly combine the straight-up chugging sections with some less predictable ones. If you need a bit more discordance to tickle your fancy, the closing track on this release, ‘Severed’, provides it in swathes.
There are many bands around at the moment doing this sort of thing, of course, but if you’ve seen metalcore get watered down to the point where there may as well be no water left, it can surely be a good thing when more savage takes on the subgenre are gaining traction.
No doubt Chamber are still a band figuring things out, and you can detect some influences pretty easily, but ‘Ripping / Pulling / Tearing’ is a great encapsulation of their work to date, and they certainly have the potential to come into their own one day.