Inspired by GroverXIII of TNOTB’s series of posts regarding nu-metal, Heavy Blog Is Heavy will be counting down the top five reasons why the genre of deathcore isn’t totally full of shit. Check back every day this week at 3 PM EST for cannon fodder for your flame wars. If you want to throw in your two cents and call me out on missing out a gem that this genre has to offer, mouth off in the comment section. Enjoy!
When it comes to standard deathcore, The Red Chord are among the best. Mike “Gunface” McKenzie can write some killer jams that don’t require overuse of breakdowns and nary a bree is to be heard from Guy Kozowyk’s vocal chords, making for something completely listenable. Combining elements of hardcore, deathcore, and hints of grind, The Red Chord helped popularize and innovate the genre of deathcore as we know it.
2009’s Fed Through The Teeth Machine was practically universally acclaimed by critics, even averaging out to be the 9th best album that came out last year, by our head count. If you’ve ever given the album a serious listen, there’s no wonder why they earned all the high praise; Fed Through The Teeth Machine saw a more matured and focused approach that made for an intense experience, with its moments of brilliance.
The riffs are thick in this one, due in part to more available space in the mix from losing guitarist Mike Keller. Gunface stepped his game up and Greg Weeks’ bass playing became more audible and prominent. Guitar solos and melodic guitar leads are also thrown into the ring to provide some semblance of accessibility and ambiance, as exemplified on “Hour of Rats” and “Mouthful of Precious Stone.”
To be honest, it took me a while to get into this one, and I didn’t originally see what all the hype was about. Slowly, I began to delve deeper into the album and pick it apart, and I began to appreciate it. Looking back and listening to it again, this album is a prime example of why the genre of deathcore isn’t just a pile of shit. There’s more to the genre than breakdowns and well conditioned hair; there’s true emotion and intense songwriting going on somewhere. There’s no reason why combining hardcore and death metal should be inherently bad, and The Red Chord have proven that.
Here’s the video for Fed Through The Teeth Machine‘s opening track, “Demoralizer,” which features the band being all intense and trippy, in typical Brodsky fashion.