A Living Nightmare

Written by: PP on 27/11/2012 22:22:18

Now here's an interesting release. Demoraliser from the UK flow two very different kind of sounds through their system on their debut album "A Living Nightmare". It's like a constant battle between Hatebreed and Darkest Hour, between two-step friendly hardcore/moshcore of the former and the sweet, sweet dynamic metalcore meets Gothenburg licks of the latter - sometimes even within the same song. Call it metallic hardcore, or simply metalcore for the lack of a better term, Demoraliser takes the best of both genres and showcases a bright future here, though it might not be for everyone.

Why's that, you ask? Well, for one, even though the band's hardcore/moshcore sequences are never the dominating part of any song, they are still aplenty, and since their only purpose is to allow for as much bodily harm and physical destruction as possible in the form of karate moshing, many will be automatically turned off just at the thought of having to experience these songs live. Secondly, the many chug-chug sections do reduce the effectiveness of the band's more ambient melodies like those found on "Mother's Ruin", for instance, which recall Misery Signals' pioneering album "Mirrors". Somehow they feel like unnecessary breaks in the midst of dynamic riffing, tapped melodies, and all that good stuff you remember from "Undoing Ruin".

The band does compensate though with an extremely good vocalist, whose yell-based growls are clean enough to make out the lyrics, yet forceful enough to make the Hatebreed / Stand Your Ground comparisons justified. Alongside the lead guitarist, he's the highlight of Demoraliser, though the band in general do an overall good job at impressing me on their debut album. Keep an eye out for these guys, they may be onto something.


Download: Mother's Ruin, A Living Nightmare
For the fans of: Hatebreed, Darkest Hour, Misery Signals, Stand Your Ground
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Release date 08.10.2012
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