Float Face Down

Exitium Verum

Written by: PP on 24/05/2012 02:13:04

Float Face Down are a fairly typical deathcore band in that they are definitely a for the fans of the genre only-type of a band. They do little to try to expand outside the realms of the genre nor to appeal to anyone else but the people who find the brutally choked rhythmic punishment of Whitechapel and The Acacia Strain pleasurable, and in that context their new album "Exitium Verum" will probably get enough nods of approval to give the band a reason to continue existing despite sounding no different from the next clone band of a clone band in the genre.

The problem isn't so much that Float Face Down don't know their trade, because their frantic instrumentation and complex, Death Metal-derived guitars and dynamically transitioning music from fast paced passages to crawling breakdowns is executed tightly and with the skill you normally associate with a deathcore band. No, the problem is their almost complete lack of identity. They sound literally identical to the rest of the deathcore bunch, and by that I mean the decent bands in the genre and not the best ones that actually stick out. They are part of that grey mass of bands who recite the genre's ABCs from memory in a convincing manner, but fail to leave any sort of impression or memory on the listener once the whole ordeal is done.

There are moments which show promise, such as "Relinquished At Death", which sounds like a piece of metalcore sneaked into a deathcore song. It's fucking brutal, and has even a death metal inspired solo, and killer leads, but with the dense intensity of a deathcore song, and is generally difficult to pick apart with criticism since it's so well executed overall. But the problems begin later on when the band's songs spiral towards the overplayed brutal end of the deathcore genre where deviation is desperately needed in order to make a name for themselves. But like I said, fans of the genre only, this isn't going to change your opinion on deathcore if you weren't a fan already.


Download: Relinquished At Death, Do Not Resuscitate
For the fans of: The Acacia Strain, Whitechapel, Carnifex
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Release date 13.03.2012
Rite Of Passage / Mediaskare

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