As I’ve previously said, to be a deathcore band that actually stands out, there are two routes a group can go down: either to be unique or to be really, really damn good. There’s too much middle-of-the-road music in the genre that can get intrepid deathcore musketeers mired in a miasma of mediocrity. Bands like The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza or Nexilva serve as examples of the former, creating crazy dissonance and hectic polyrhythms that lend their sound an aura of aggression or adding plenty of symphonics and techy black metal bits, respectively; a group in the vein of Fit For An Autopsy or Whitechapel would fit the latter’s profile.
Either way, a band has to meet incredibly high expectations to rise above the playing field in this genre. It’s tough enough just writing good music, but to also have to write something that’s never been done before just to maybe see some good luck is a Sisyphean task in many ways. But some bands are up to the challenge, and a few of them even succeed, such as Azgard. A Ukrainian deathcore band, these guys recently (May 28th) released their debut, At The Break Of The Day, and it smashes through these expectations with raucous aplomb.