Your Demise

Cold Chillin' EP

Written by: PP on 07/02/2013 21:47:16

Judging by the amount of BLEHs on their latest EP "Cold Chillin'", it sure feels like Your Demise are out to respond to the criticism that surrounded their previous full-length "The Golden Age". It was a controversial album because it was just unheard of that the scene leaders within UK hardcore would step so far away from the safe boundaries of their fan base towards clean vocal punk rock that recalled The Offspring on more than a couple of occasions. The hardcore kids called it selling out, and while it was a decent album from an objective viewpoint, you could understand their frustration because they had been expecting another fest of two-steppable hardcore punk with anthemic song structure like their previous albums.

Stepping back into tearing hardcore with harshly screamed vocals and groovy, down-tuned guitars is naturally going to feel like a response to the criticism, especially because "Cold Chillin'" as a whole feels intentionally heavy in comparison to previous material. Your Demise go all out here in terms of the aggression factor, delivering straight up hardcore with few subtle melody lines in between the many BLEHs screamed by their vocalist, as if to prove a point here that they're still a hardcore band and aren't going to write a pop punk record anytime soon. "Just Like The End" may have some cleans - but these are gang shouts providing an anthemic feel for a fist-pumping hardcore song, that first and foremost is about breaking open a violent pit live more than anything else. Otherwise, the record focuses on restoring our faith in Your Demise's ability to write aggressive hardcore music, which ironically ends up being its biggest weakness.

Because let's be honest here. Despite the criticism that "The Golden Age" received, it was nonetheless a necessary step for a band like Your Demise who have always been decent in their own right, but have always lacked the ability to write a truly excellent hardcore record. Each of their preceding efforts have been good, but never amazing, so continuing with more of the same was never going to break new ground for the band. They conducted a daring experiment that was partially successful, so here "Cold Chillin'" feels almost like an admission of failure, which is why it's more like regression rather than progression. Out of the four songs here, none really stick to mind after several listeners, instead feeling like more of the same old without the iron grit of the yesteryear. Decent, and probably a good sign for the more hardcore oriented YD fans, but nothing more, nothing less.

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Release date 05.02.2013
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