EP Year: 2012
Genre: Melodic Deathcore
One word: Damn.
My usual skepticism was playing into account before listening to this, especially with a somewhat silly name. But boy was I wrong. The beauty and melody are spectacular, the heavy and groove are devastating and the technicality and soloing are masterful. What really drew me in though is that they don’t try to mesmerize you with insane technicality, over-the-top atmosphere or a barrage of blast beats, rather, the magnetizing factor of them is that they write damn good music that you just can’t stop listening to.
The first riff in “Dethroned” sets the record straight that An Apple A Day is here to kick ass and take names. Though I’m not usually a fan of deathcore bands that incorporate clean vocals because they often all sound the same and aren’t that great, the vocalist is a fantastic singer and the vocals fit beautifully into the artwork of the album.
Lyrically, the album has a lot of meaning talking about, as the band describes, “the human race’s urge for self-destruction.” Intending them to be “a constructive suggestion for a paradigm shift in human behavior.”
“The Fall of Thera” has it’s crushingly heavy moments, beautiful melodic moments and wonderful soloing. This band is yet another gem that has way fewer fans than they deserve.
Plus, who doesn’t love the Cthulu-esque album art?
Splendiferous – 10/10.
FFO: Whitechapel’s self-titled album