Genre: Metalcore / Deathcore
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
EP Year: 2013
Bottomfeeder! Shit. Here is one super interesting release from the boys over at ‘Pray For The King’. This is one of those releases which sounds like the best aspects of your favourite bands all fused together in one sweet sweet EP. I am thoroughly impressed, honestly, it’s like Emmure had a child with Oceano, then that child grew up listening to Black Tongue. I know right?
So it’s category time! Vocals, Guitars, Drums, Mixing. LET’S DO IT!
Vocals- Fuck me swinging, the diversity that is so blatantly obvious in Alex’s vocal range is just mind boggling. His highs are that good solid raspy choked feeling that sounds excellent live and even better in a well mixed EP (We’ll get to that later) but I digress. The lows are heavy. It’s the only way I can describe them. The lows on this heavy EP are heavy. Perfect!
The reason why I said it sounds ‘Emmurey’ is because the mids are the same styled aggressive, misogynistic theme that Frankie writes for Emmure. However, PFTK do it in a way that allows for straight deathgrowls to be implemented and not sound shonky and out of sync with the rest of the song.
Seriously, big ups on the vocals. I am a huuuuuuge fan.
Guitars- Look, the guitars aren’t going to unlock your mind to a brand new dimension of shred that we have never before seen until Rings Of Saturn opened a similar discussion. IN SAYING THAT, this is where I get my Black Tongue reference, (they are an all time fav for me right now) and that is because they bring the chug, BUT do it in such a fashion that I am not over it in 6 seconds of ‘dun dun dun, dun dun, dun dun, booooooooooowwwwww dun dun dun, dun dun, dun dun’ No, I am MORE than happy to sit here and listen to these chungs all day long, because they still have a solid mix of groovy little Metalcore riffs sneaking around in the background. Really cool stuff to listen to, the same timeless kinda sound that doesn’t tick you off after 3 good listens to the EP. In closing, the guitars are sweet, A LITTLE more diversity would be an awesome addition, but I think the formula is working on this one pretty solidly as it is, keep it going!
Drums- Yaaaaaayayayayaayy, I FINALLY get to talk about the drumming! Super solid, super tight, super well mixed.
Generally speaking, drums in a heavy album is all you need as well as a sweet vocalist to make the album impressive. It’s a timeless technique that thousands of bands use across the globe, BUT, very few bands actually take the pressure off the drummer by keeping the drummers levels equal to the guitarists, PFTK does do this. The drums are kept nice and ‘humble’ if you will, not stealing the show from the guitarists but also serving their purpose excellently, I love them.
Mix- To me, this is the strongest selling point of the EP. It has been mixed so god damn motherfucking well. Everything sounds perfect, but still has that raw sound that makes the listener think there wasn’t ever a click track to record to! The vocals are strong and well layered, the guitars are mixed with a brutal tone of black grunge and filthy mids, whilst the drums are (like I just mentioned) put in their place and don’t overshadow anything else. It’s all you can ask for in a mix.
So, final statements about this release? Go and buy it, (Supplementary support the little guys lecture inc). But seriously, my policy is, if you can hum back one riff, sing back one line of lyrics, or remember the bands name the next day, you owe it to them to buy their release, or at very least, tell your buddies about them.
It really is one of the best EP’s I have heard in the last 5-6 months. Every time I listen to a new band, I always think, will THIS SONG be the one which propels them into the spotlight? And sure enough, it very rarely is.. This is NOT the case for PFTK, the final 3 tracks, to me, have the potential to draw crowds from all corners of the globe to come along and watch this ripper band do it’s thing.
Big sound, Big release, Big future, Big props from myself.