Northlane
Discoveries


4.0
excellent

Review

by Alex McInnis USER (5 Reviews)
December 31st, 2011 | 1707 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not your average metalcore act but still contains its flaws.

Northlane hail from Sydney, Australia and may be comparable to other similar metalcore acts hailing from Australia as well (Feed her to the Sharks, Parkway Drive). However, what separates Northlane from the dying genre of metalcore is the immense amount of effort that they demonstrate in this album. This album rounds off at 41 minutes but is well worth the listen. There is not anything that is different from any other metalcore act; there are still lots of “junz” and prolonged breakdowns. What makes this a listenable album, is how well the band rejuvenates the qualities that plague other bands in this genre.

One unique quality that is immediately apparent is the vocals. The low harsh vocals intertwine perfectly with the breakdowns and riffs making the songs more enjoyable. The high harsh vocals portray a sense of despair or pain, which adds variations of depth and emotion to these tracks. Something that caught me off guard was the use of clean vocals in tracks like “Metamorphosis” and “Exposure”, but they stray from an average chorus. There are parts where the singing could be eliminated because it’s used for the sole purpose of having it in there which provides little to the song.

The guitar work is exceptional but is a flaw of this album. Melodic guitar work could have made this album a 4-4.25 but is not apparent in this album. The guitar holds its own and has some well-done parts but it feels like it has been done before. The exceptions to this would be the instrumental “Discoveries” and the track “I Shook Hands with Death”. “Discoveries” displays a beautiful progression of guitars meshed with piano eventually picking up speed to include a riff. “I Shook Hands with Death” opens with an instrumental guitar work but is overlapped with an “After the Burial-Esque” melody.

The Drumming is very good displaying Nic’s creativity with each passing track. Variation and unpredictable drum rhythm keeps this album moving along nicely while portraying the talent this drummer possesses. Keeping the progression from one part to the next while still providing structure to each song, is what this drummer does best.

The lyrics are both good and bad throughout this work (I know it’s weird). In “Dispossession” the lyrics reveal an internal struggle that seems to haunt this vocalist or whom-ever writes the lyrics. “Unfamiliar reflection stare at me, these eyes are not my own. Running from my demons in this endless valley. Show me the way, because I no longer know right from wrong.” This is an instance of lyrics that are meaningful and work well together but it tends to become whiny and annoying. “Money and corruption ruin the land. Crooked politicians betray the working man, pocketing the profits, treating us like sheep. We're tired of hearing promises we know they'll never keep”. Overall the lyrical work adds a dimension that would otherwise be nonexistent.

This is an album that proves that Northlane will become a prominent metalcore act in the future as this album gains the popularity that it should. I would recommend this to anyone enjoys this genre.

Recommended Tracks:

Discoveries
Metamorphosis
I Shook Hands with Death
Comatose


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AfterTheBreakdown
December 31st 2011


7128 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I thought this only had 5 songs Wtf.

someguest
December 31st 2011


20527 Comments


i'd say releasing an uninspiring, run of the mill metalcore album is an example of internal struggle if I've ever heard of one

J0ckstrapsFTW
December 31st 2011


3652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

It's not "run of the mill" just listen to it and you will see (hear)

Spec
December 31st 2011


27169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty fun listen.

DinoX
December 31st 2011


3582 Comments


rating is correct

Tyrannic
January 1st 2012


3262 Comments


this is a pretty good review, but i noticed a lot of missing commas. i don't think they were super necessary, though, just because the sentences still make sense. it just helps it read better.

AtavanHalen
January 1st 2012


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is okay. Review needs a bit of work.

InFiction
January 1st 2012


3659 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Not a bad review. Good album. Correct rating.

J0ckstrapsFTW
January 1st 2012


3652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Cool thanks guys I guess I'm getting better at this I will take a look at it

Shuyin
January 1st 2012


11608 Comments


AfterTheBreakdown

maybe youre listenning to the EP

Digging: Cannibal Corpse - A Skeletal Domain

AfterTheBreakdown
January 1st 2012


7128 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Must be.

Shuyin
January 1st 2012


11608 Comments


what would you do without me..

AfterTheBreakdown
January 1st 2012


7128 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

idk man idk...

bloc
January 1st 2012


34848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album was surprisingly enjoyable

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

Spec
January 1st 2012


27169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I know! I gotta give props to afterthebreakdown.

AfterTheBreakdown
January 1st 2012


7128 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's about time lol.

00mee
January 1st 2012


208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

damn I was gonna review this, but you pretty much made the same points.

Band is excellent live; so much energy, and that fucking guitar tone :D

BetaAquilae
January 3rd 2012


248 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album is sooo good (that fucking magnificient prod!). Solace might be my favorite metalcore track of 2011.

Shuyin
January 3rd 2012


11608 Comments


its not THAT good

AfterTheBreakdown
January 3rd 2012


7128 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

why not?



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