My love for progressive death metal and deathcore is growing by the day, with bands like The Contortionist, Born of Osiris and Molotov Solution providing a refreshing and creative outlet for more political, self-aware lyrics.
Lyon-based progressive deathcore band ‘Violence From Within’ have dropped their latest album,
‘Idiocracy’ (fantastic title), and it is absolutely outstanding. Playing accross France with the likes of Protest The Hero, Texas In July and Walls Of Jericho, this band is quickly climbing the ladder and their latest release can only push them further up.
The album kicks off with a short intro song named ‘Impossible Reality’, which showcases the wonderfully unique guitar tones this album holds, with plenty of delays and sustains. melodies and harmonies are nearly always present in each song, which each one being entirely different and hauntingly beautiful, providing a gorgeous backdrop to each track and a great stray off the all too beaten path of bar chord chugs and erratic slides that is popular at the moment.
The fourth track on the album, ‘Modern Sins Of Humanity’, begins with a sorrowful but stunning orchestral piece, showing that Violence from Within can use a brilliantly wide range of sounds and instruments to exhibit their musicial talent and creativity. it is an entirely instrumental track, developing into sustained notes that make the sound a lot more eerie and tense. VfW are absolute masters of creating atmosphere in their tracks, for example, ending a song with a lone, piercing church bell, ringing out the next track.
The vocals on Idiocracy are perfect. a sublime mix between wailing highs and angry, fire spitting low growls, making each song sound like a sermon to humanity. they compliment the rest of the instruments very well, giving the album a well rounded and mature sound.
I’m always a fan of creative, new and aesthetically pleasing album artwork and titling, and with song titles like ‘The Umbilical Regeneration’ and ‘Fanatic Sufficiency’, I can tell that VfW are also fans of this. I love the album artwork as well, displaying scenes of a cataclysmic lightning storm.
Progressive deathcore evolves constantly, with new takes and variations being recorded and written every day, and so adapting and evolving to the genre is no easy task – but Violence From Within have done it perfectly while still maintaining originality. An album worthy of platnium.