This weeks entry is from Australian Symphonic Deathcore band Make Them Suffer, and it's entitled Lord Of Woe. It's a 5 track EP, which changes things up for the plunder of the week, seeing as I've only done full lengths so far. However, due to a seemingly endless amount of short ep's and singles posted on Bandcamp (if you're a band posting a wall of singles of BC, I want you to know, I hate when bands do that, and I'm less likely to click your album because it's annoying to have to change the page after every song to hear every song.), I caved in on these guys for having an ep longer than 3 tracks, a well made album cover, and for the fact that they are awesome.
To describe them in short, they sound somewhat similar to Winds Of Plague, only less 'bro' sounding if that makes sense and they seem to draw more influence from the likes of Behemoth and a bit of Fleshgod Apocalypse's Agony.
The album is ferocious and full of impressive work. The symphonic elements work fantastically well, complementing each song and adding great ambiance. The guitars are thick and chunky like deathcore should be, but they riff incredibly fast, and the drummer is crazy fast with blasting and he's all over the place in the best ways. The first track, summoning storms for the most part feels like it could fit next to songs from Fleshgod Apocalypse's new album, aside from the vocals being a little different, and the breakdowns. The breakdowns aren't constant and overbearing, rather they feel well placed and seem to work awesomely. Go to the breakdown just after two minutes in the title track 'Lord Of Woe', and try not to bang your head. It's practically impossible.
Lord Of Woe, doesn't have anything hugely impressive in the way of guitar solos, but honestly it doesn't feel like it needs them, nor does it feel like something is missing without them. The piano is actually almost always doing something interesting in the background and almost seems to be replacing lead guitar at times, which is actually pretty cool.
The vocals are great too. Sean primarily uses gutturals, and has a great high scream similar to Trevor Strnad's of The Black Dahlia Murder, and he often uses the highs layered over the gutturals, which accents the gutturals well for the most part.
Deathcore fans should definitely check this out, and anyone curious as to what Fleshgod Apocalypse might sound like as a deathcore band should check them out. Very good stuff.
Another thing I like about this album is that, while it is only 5 tracks, the shortest song is just under 4 minutes. The album averages 5 minute songs, and it really does a good job making the EP feel a lot longer than it really is.
Here's their bandcamp to stream or buy their EP: http://makethemsuffer.bandcamp.com/album/lord-of-woe
and since your probably facebooking in another tab, why not go like their facebook and leave them a comment: http://www.facebook.com/makethemsufferau?sk=wall
Also, they have an album coming out next year, and you can hear a new track entitled Maelstrom. Let's say both Lord Of Woe and Maelstrom have me excited for it.