If you’re like me, you were wary of The Last Ten Seconds Of Life’s new album. The singles they put out were nu-metal-y, and a bit contrived. You talked about how they sold out, or changed their sound. But, assuming you are like me, you changed your mind the second you heard the first song off of Invivo[Exvivo]. Fertile steps fucking explodes out of the gate, and every song after fits right into place behind it. After every teaser and single that I have heard, I was in no way prepared for the onslaught that is Invivo[Exvivo].
This album is different then “Know Your Exits” and “Justice” there is no denying that. But, it’s not a bad type of different. There are parts that are vaguely reminiscent of bands like Slipknot or other Nu acts, but until you hear every song within the context of the album, you’re just getting pieces of the puzzle. Everything fits. Parts I hated in the singles made sense within the context of Invivo[Exvivo] as a whole. This is definitely one of those albums that isn’t composed of singles, but instead listens like one long song.
I’m not here to badmouth TLTSOL, but I feel like this needs explaining in order to make up for some of the negative hype surrounding “Numbskull” and “Haste Makes Waste.” Those two songs are probably the weakest songs on the album. They probably led with those because they are the simplest and most homogenized. When you’re a “small” band, it’s all about getting a new, bigger audience (especially when you have a new album coming out). They led with two approachable songs to get pre-orders. I get it. I completely understand it. But! Don’t write this album off because of it. It’s insane. It’s old TLTSOL with a modern twist.
The vocals are absolutely crushing, and the composition is the classic TLTSOL low and slow. There are easily half a dozen moments where the breakdowns are so slow, you think the album has stopped; where the vocalist is basically singing a cappella. The highlight of this album is the same thing that sold you on TLTSOL in the first place: the vocals. Between the shrieking highs and guttural lows, it’s a sonic masterpiece. The inclusions of the slow talking bits don’t do a lot for me, but they certainly aren’t that big of a detractor.
Invivo[Exvivo] has a really specific sound, that you will either love or hate. Even though TLTSOL get on it at times, the whole albums still retains this air sludge and bounce—lots of open chords and slow crashes. It’s perfect for loading into your car, and just smashing down the road. Breakdown upon breakdown creates a crazy atmosphere of hype. If you go into this album with an open mind, and with a healthy respect for TLTSOL’s earlier works, you’ll have a great time.
Final thoughts on Invivo[Exvivo]? It’s different. It’s not your traditional deathcore. Don’t read too far into it. Just put it on and have some fun. It’s heavy without being obnoxious, and complex enough compositionally to keep you from getting bored with the never-ending breakdowns. If you’re a fan of gurgles, chugs, and slower-than-fuck breakdowns, this is definitely an album worth checking out. Don’t be discouraged by the singles. Listen through Invivo[Exvivo] and form a more complete opinion (I’m pretty sure it will be positive).
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Rating: 8.1 out of 10