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. 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. If you thought this week was too much, just wait till next week when we give you Five Reasons Why Deathcore IS Total Shit. Enjoy!
This is it, the end of our countdown for the week, and I leave you with what I hold in regard as the best deathcore album ever.
Yes. Ever. Stick with me here.
Back in 2008, All Shall Perish dropped what has since been held in regard as their opus, “Awaken The Dreamers.” Both melodic and technical (with a tiny bit of prog thrown in), this album is actually pretty epic in the grand scheme of things in its dark atmosphere and vibe. There’s some actual songwriting and superb musicianship being displayed here, in a place I once thought didn’t exist at the time of my first listen.
First thing’s first: the guitar work on this album is fucking superb. You can thank lead guitarist Chris Storey, and by extension his guitar teacher, the one and only Rusty Cooly, who contributes two solos on “From So Far Away.” There are some real complex guitar parts that put some of their contemporaries to complete shame. Fast and low technical riffs are contrasted by slow melodic sections and leads. All Shall Perish are not afraid to slow things down, and I think that this album is better because of the extra room to breathe in between the moments of frantic deathcore. Even the bass is fast and technical, catching glimpses of bass sweeps from time to time.
Vocally, the Awaken The Dreamers is surprisingly diverse. You have your standard issue low growls and screams, but there’s also some well executed clean singing throughout the album, lending to the album’s great dynamic. 3 Inches Of Blood‘s Cam Pipes lends his fiery falsetto scream on “Black Gold Reign” to further add to the album’s intensity. A number of choruses on the album find themselves to be extremely catchy, in the best way. “Awaken The Dreamers” and “Until The End” are the highlights here in that regard, as they are very memorable.
I have this saying that goes, “A great band can make a long album fly by and a short album drag by.” The latter of the two statements is fitting here; although the album runs about 36 minutes in length, the album will feel like an hour. What made this album so great is the songwriting, especially on the guitar. Sadly, Chris Storey is no longer in the band, which leaves some to question whether or not the band will ever be able to top Awaken The Dreamers. I hope they can, as this progression in style from the standard deathcore sound on their previous albums was a refreshing change of scenery. If not, we’ll just have to make do with the best that the genre has to offer. This is deathcore done right — not sounding like total shit.
Here’s “Black Gold Reign,” “Awaken The Dreamers,” and “Until The End.” Stay tuned for next week when I give five reasons why deathcore is actually shitty!