Genre: Brutal Deathcore
Location: Kingsport, TN
EP Year: 2014
At Night They Return, a five-piece deathcore group out of Kingsport, TN, is ready to make some waves with their self titled EP. The EP is three tracks of bone crushing brutality that should please any deathcore fan out there. The album boasts guttural lows, screeching highs, airy leads, and monstrous breakdowns. You can certainly hear influences to bands like Whitechapel and King Conquer in this EP.
The first track, “Trenchdick” essentially punches you in the throat, and sets the tone of the album. Absolutely disgusting vocals and breakdowns that just get slower and slower are abundant. The song picks up the tempo a few times, but it’s always leading into something heavier. This is a great introduction to see what At Night They Return is bringing to the table.
The second track, “Anal Bead Rosary”, has been released previously as a single here on Total Deathcore. The intensity keeps progressing from the last track. While the track starts slow, it picks up, and is noticeably more up-tempo. The spacey, dissonant leads add a fantastic texture, along with the distorted vocal samples. As the song fades away, you are given a moment to take a breather before the conclusion of this album.
The third and final track, “No One Is Safe”, leaves nothing behind. This is by far the most aggressive track they have to offer. It absolutely exudes energy from every second. Blast beats, to pig squeals, to dissonant breakdowns, to a calmer interlude. It’s all here and ready to assault your ears. The ending to this track is pure insanity.
At Night They Return are by no means re-inventing the genre with this EP, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great listen. The tracks are all different enough that it gives hope for a well-rounded and interesting full length. It clocks in around 13 minutes, so it’s not a huge time investment to take this into your library and give it a listen. Considering this is their first EP, they are leaps and bounds ahead of some signed acts. This is a very solid first showing by At Night They Return.
For fans of: Whitechapel, King Conquer, Osiah.