Viatrophy
Viatrophy


3.0
good

Review

by Mouth USER (4 Reviews)
September 22nd, 2009 | 38 replies | 7,158 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A deathcore band with an actual sense of melody. Unfortunately, they don't have much more to offer other than the fact that they aren't tone deaf "bros" obsessed with moshing.

Imagine for a second, the feeling of being lifted into the air by some sort of supernatural force. You float through the skies completely unaware of anything going on around you, simply enjoying the calm. However, right as you reach the peak of your adventure, a hand reaches out and throws you into a billboard. This is what the first few minutes of Viatrophy's self titled debut album are like.

UK based deathcore band Viatrophy has managed to do what few groups in a genre saturated with overproduced and uninspired music can do; put out an album that while not incredibly enjoyable, does manage to sound better than most metalcore. Now, you might come back with a comment along the lines of "But Mouth! Mouth! Mouth!, what about those bands like Emmure and the like, who have a target audience of douchebags and scenesters!? Are you saying that their target audience doesn't find their music better than most?" But that's not what I'm saying. I'm saying that this is the kind of album that corefags, metalheads, scenesters, and bros can all enjoy together. Although it's probably best for them to enjoy Viatrophy 'together' in separate rooms, the point remains that most of them will enjoy it.

Following the spacey intro and vaguely All Shall Perish inspired second track, Viatrophy slows down and shows off the repetition that unfortunately makes its way into more than a few tracks. Seas of Storms although being one of the better tracks on the album, starts the repetitive pattern off, seeming to have a small number of sections that every member, save the vocalist, rotates through. A typical chugga-chugga intro/breakdown, the exact same section sped up slightly, and a different breakdown are recycled up until the 2 minute mark, where a ballad-eqsue instrumental begins. A breath of fresh air? For a while, yes. Unfortunately, the band makes it entirely clear that they're only comfortable with repeating the same few chords and beats for the rest of this section while vocalist Adam Mayes shrieks a few indecipherable lines before the second half of the song, which is nothing more than some fretboard wankery and about a minute of buildup before fading out. The remainder of this album plays out like a typical metalcore album with some filler thrown in to make it longer than 20 minutes. The filler seems to have been thought out pretty quickly here, as it's fairly sleep inducing. After the 2 minutes long instrumental, Aurora(which feels like it drags on forever), the album picks back up. Scenes of Extended Peril, Sufference, and Futile Prayer showcase faster songs, heavier music, a more varied vocal range, and breakdowns that avoid feeling like 2mile-per-hour punch-a-longs are present throughout. Right when you get pumped back up and rid of the grogginess handed to you with Aurora however, The Final Light opens the door, clocks in, and says "Hey! You look like you could use some more filler!" The actual song being played here is broken up into various sections of this 7 minute long track, with about 30 seconds of calm instrumental between each one. It makes Aurora look like a walk in the park.

Overall, Viatrophy is better than most attempts at metalcore, but it falls short of being great more often than it should. It's worth a listen, but it will be a s truggle to avoid spacing out in certain sections. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a bad album by any stretch of the imagination, these guys have talent and lots of potential, they just need to reconsider how to handle the hardcore influences in their sound if they want to avoid becoming just another failed attempt at something great.


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Mouth
September 22nd 2009



197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

pretty obviously haven't reviewed (or written anything really) in awhile.

cvlts
September 22nd 2009



8917 Comments


well written bro

...but it falls short multiple times, and it falls short too much.
might want to rephrase that part.

i jus checked these guys out a couple weeks ago and they aight...

Digging: Pedro the Lion - It's Hard To Find A Friend

Mouth
September 22nd 2009



197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

alright

fixed that and made a few other smallish changes

asdemonsburn
September 23rd 2009



793 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

only good song is Mistress of Misery, rest are dull

Arucard
September 23rd 2009



570 Comments


best track is Sufferance.

I honestly think Viatrophy's problem is that they are completely overshadowed by Sylosis [they both come from Reading, so when they started up they used to tour constantly together] and the fact that because they have a written a lot of music no one has listened to, they ran out of ideas for an album.

Shame there is no Draining what remains on here either.

vanityruins
October 4th 2009



6 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pretty good.my favourite track is eternal darkness.

MutnikSpusic
November 11th 2009



560 Comments


this is a GOOD. Album just gotta love that slow machine gun in seas of storms

2muchket!
November 19th 2009



900 Comments


I miss dan's vocals

The EP was amazing.

bloc
January 25th 2010



34499 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Actually some great songs here.

Digging: He Is Legend - I Am Hollywood

taskeen1989
March 2nd 2010



21 Comments


They already split up.

krig9412
April 15th 2010



791 Comments


I'm surprised you didn't mention "Mistress of Misery," that song is intense

2muchket!
May 14th 2010



900 Comments


Wish I'd caught them on their final tour.

Still listen to the EP every now and then, vocals and everything about ugh so amazing.


PurpleDino
October 30th 2010



2945 Comments


i seem to enjoy this band more than you but good review, disagree with some of what you said mainly because i love everything this band have ever done but i appreciate that youve backed up what your saying and everyone is obviously entitled to their own opinion, i prefer their EP Chronicles to this but still adore this. Wish they hadnt split up so we could see some more material but, c'est la vie
shame on anyone who uses limewire etc. your killing music

iamthenightmare
February 10th 2011



754 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

a shame this wasn't as good as chronicles. that ep was definitely one of the best recent metal ep's

PurpleDino
July 4th 2011



2945 Comments


whats up with this only having a 3.1 average?



botb
July 4th 2011



9284 Comments


its meh compared to the ep so everyone was disappointed.

Digging: Cult Leader - Nothing For Us Here

2muchket!
July 4th 2011



900 Comments


who the fuck uses limewire anway

PurpleDino
July 9th 2011



2945 Comments


my mates used to, before i shamed them out of it

Arucard
September 20th 2011



570 Comments


Been playing this loads of the last year or so, totally changed my opinion. Very solid album.

Arucard
September 20th 2011



570 Comments


Futile Prayers is just amazing btw, everyone check it out, outro is balls to the wall awesome.



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