Make Them Suffer
Neverbloom


4.5
superb

Review

by Connor Welsh USER (13 Reviews)
May 26th, 2012 | 96 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A truly comprehensive guide on symphonic deathcore, Make Them Suffer's [i]Neverbloom[/i] does just about everything right.

Horns sounded. Bells clang. I could practically feel the quivering violin strings as if I was playing it myself. The crescendo pouring through my headphones was nearly as tangible as my excitement. Then, a pause. Clenching my fists and biting my lip, my heart skipped a beat. Then, the inhale, and the sweet, sweet release. Pounding drums, heavy, fast guitar, haunting keys and piercing screams burst through my ear drums. The wait was over–Make Them Suffer’s Neverbloom was upon me.

The first time I heard a band referred to as “symphonic deathcore,” I was a little puzzled at the term. What elements would differentiate deathcore in a manner distinct enough to make it “symphonic?” How would it be any different than deathcore with the occasional synth-lead breakdown or chilling violin sample? Australian outfit Make Them Suffer clarified my confusion with expertise. Make Them Suffer consistently include chilling keys and stunning, climactic violin samples along with atmospheric chimes and dynamic, heavy–yet progressive and constructive–song structure differentiates Neverbloom from the “standard” deathcore release. Each song–even the shorter ones–build up from an attention-grabbing introduction to a stunning climax using a variety of elements as if they were building blocks to construct a dynamic and diverse sound. Singles “Neverbloom” and “Maelstrom” are stellar examples of this. At first glance, a deathcore track clocking in at nearly seven minutes looks overbearing with a chance of severe monotony. However, beginning with a bone-chilling piano lead and an effect-laden drum line, the song sounds almost like the soundtrack to a nightmare. By the end of the track, the listener has been dragged through spine-smashing slams and bone-busting breakdowns, each building up to a crescendo of symphonic elements and heaviness which makes the build-up even more worth listening to.

It isn’t just the dynamism in each track (long or short) which makes Neverbloom an intriguing listen. The diverse vocal ranges used in each track stem the potential onslaught of monotony (something easily attainable in a modern-day deathcore release). These colorful vocals, with passionate (if not occasionally over-simplified) lyrics are painted over a canvas of instrumentation which is rich with talent. While the guitars or bass never truly show off with shreddy, dominating leads, they use odd timing and bizarrely intricate riffs to play off of one another without sounding mundane or chuggy. Placed along side blistering blast beats and fill-laden drumming, the instruments combine with the vocals to accompany Make Them Suffer’s strongest element, and the facet of Neverbloom which truly steals the show: the keys. Using a variety of tones and samples, if it weren’t for the keys, many of Neverbloom’s finest moments would just be filler in an above-average deathcore release. Whether it’s the atmospheric mood setting up “Neverbloom,” or the chilling additions they make to “Widower,” the keys are a constant driving force in the powerhouse that is Neverbloom.

What’s the issue with Make Them Suffer’s full-length, you might ask? Well, the issue is just that; it’s length. While it is a completely enjoyable album to listen through, it is a little long. While at no particular point is it overbearing, the number of tracks–especially the number of tracks clocking in at over five minutes–is a lot to trek through for a deathcore album. Make no mistake, Neverbloom is captivating, but especially after repeated listens, its magic wears off before the album has played out in its entirety.

So, you’re looking for some different deathcore? Or maybe you’re like me, and just trying to figure out what the hell is going on with symphonic deathcore? Either way, look no further than Make Them Suffer’s Neverbloom. Filled to the brim with amazing, haunting, heavy and memorable moments from beginning to end, it’s sure to fill your quota for intelligently brutal music–even if getting to the end feels like more of a chore than it should.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
xxKillWithASmile
May 26th 2012


240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Seriously, summary? And it won't let me edit it :/. Dope.

bloozclooz
May 26th 2012


1770 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The piano and female vocals are the most retarded thing i've heard in a metal album to date.

eternium
May 26th 2012


16338 Comments


I bet this sucks ass.

xxKillWithASmile
May 26th 2012


240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I dunno, blooz, I thought it was refreshing as hell. Granted I was way too stoked for this album, but the fact that it lived up to my fanboy-tastic anticipation I think says somethin'.

Shuyin
May 26th 2012


11853 Comments


tried to fix that track list but it wont let me

01. Prologue (1:38)
02. Neverbloom (6:42)
03. Morrow (3:08)
04. Elegies (5:00)
05. Malestrom (6:49)
06. Oceans Of Emptiness (2:21)
07. The Well (3:49)
08. Weeping Wastelands (6:52)
09. Widower (4:34)
10. Chronicles (5:52)

Digging: Yoko Kanno - Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex OST Vol 1

Devastator
May 26th 2012


2506 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

How much do they use the female vocals?

InFiction
May 26th 2012


3695 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Only listened to this once, but I loved it.

Shukal
May 26th 2012


59 Comments


just listened to the title track. actually this sounds pretty good... didn't expect that

Shevanel92
May 26th 2012


80 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Skimmed through on youtube, only recall hearing the female vocals in the title track. Still trying to find this in stores. Hooray for terrible record stores.

DropdeadWHA
May 26th 2012


681 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Agree with the review completely, this whole album is very dark/eery. The keys are actually essential to making this album a lot better than it would be without them. Vocals slay to. My only personal problem is that a couple of tracks blend into each other.

xxKillWithASmile
May 26th 2012


240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, especially with that interlude thrown in there. But the female vocals only appear on the title track of Neverbloom.

bloozclooz
May 26th 2012


1770 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

How much do they use the female vocals?

the female vox only come it when they don't fit in any way possible, and she only hits 1 piano key at a time, one after the other, like a 6 year old trying to play mary had a little lamb.

fucking awful. kill the bitch

ITsHxCTOASTER
May 26th 2012


2489 Comments


Yeah this is stupid

zaruyache
May 26th 2012


6992 Comments


This doesn't sound "symphonic" at all; it just has keyboards and female vocals, things which a lot of bands like this have.

Digging: Ardour Loom - Demo

Shuyin
May 26th 2012


11853 Comments


this was pretty good tbh, not as good as the review says it is, maybe a 3-3.5

KSK1
May 26th 2012


4090 Comments


Need to check this. Liked the songs i'v heard.

InvertTheInverted
May 26th 2012


614 Comments


A deathcore album put out by RoadRunner? Jesus.

InvertTheInverted
May 26th 2012


614 Comments


That's a WOMAN? I thought it was an effeminate male.

AfterTheBreakdown
May 26th 2012


7159 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great album so far.

Devastator
May 26th 2012


2506 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ya this isnt a 4, suxs that they only use the female vox on one track, they sounded good.



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