Adamant’s biggest single, “Sectarian Blain,” is an interesting example of young musicians, likely with significant experience, exploring a couple of different influences and ideas through a familiar medium. While the instruments might not really showcase anything too hugely unique, the vocals offer an interesting angle on their style. They’re extremely abrasive, and screeched, and kinda remind me of some metallic-leaning hardcore punk like Chokehold or Indecision. But at the same time, the amount of stress might remind you of like, newer Chelsea Grin, which in my opinion is damn near unlistenable. Either way, it’s not exactly what you’d expect to hear, and the higher pitch gives it an added “oomph” and bolsters the energetic instrumentals (well, when they’re energetic that is).
Instrumentally, the melodic passages sometimes clash with the heavier grooves when they aren’t transitioned well enough. The song kinda shifts from one mood to another without really going anywhere, for better or for worse. But hey, I often have the same criticism of Between the Buried and Me, who happen to be one of my favorite bands. I just think that the melodies and softer passages are basically rendered ineffective when interrupted by chugs, and become almost unnecessary. I might be going out on a limb making this assumption, being that I’m not really an accomplished songwriter myself, but I feel like that’s usually what happens when creative minds come together and just create a straight up flow of ideas. The passages work on their own, but together, it isn’t always quite as effective. That said, the grooves that ensue at almost every twist and turn are largely unpredictable and heavy as hell, which makes for one sexy combination.
Overall, although the song is somewhat weak instrumentally and structurally, the vocals manage to add an interesting angle to an oft-cliched genre, giving it a much more energetic quality that helps drive the grooves rather than allowing them to flatten and get boring, as often is the case with generic low growls (man what a hell of a sentence that was). On the downside, the vocal patterns aren’t very intricate and for all intents and purposes, could’ve been used just as effectively on any other song. But I wouldn’t call that a damning flaw by any means. When all’s said and done, the track shows distinct potential and artistic ambition, which is always very admirable. It would be very interesting to hear them go in a more straightforward hardcore punk direction while retaining the melodic/progressive metalcore influence in some way.