Brotherhood Of The Lake
Desperation Is The English Way: Vol. 1


4.0
excellent

Review

by Simon B. AKA Sputs OFFICIAL Pooh Bear USER (15 Reviews)
June 29th, 2012 | 26 replies | 3,095 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The missing link between Shai Hulud and Coalesce that got lost in the bass.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

On a rainy –not so long ago- day, when I was laying down in my comfy sofa while reading a book, something happened. The last album I was listening had just ended and then ‘it’ happened. The next song started to play and at the same time I noticed the ground starting to shake a bit, as well as the books in my bookshelf and the woofer of my sound system (which was moving at a speed it hasn’t been doing for quite some time). Out of my speaker came a band that sounded similar to Coalesce, Shai Hulud and even 7 Angels 7 Plagues. But the thing that really grasped my attention was the production, the gritty, bass-heavy, dirty production this band was using.

The album that started playing was “Desperation Is The English Way: Vol. 1” by Brotherhood Of The Lake, a band reigning from Plymouth and currently existing out of the following members;
  • Vocals: Robert Clark
  • Guitar: Rusty Cleave
  • Guitar: Grant Jenness
  • Bass: Anthony Thornton
  • Drums: Daniel Thornton

Blackened Crust Metalcore, that’s how these guys describe their sound on their facebook page. And it’s a fitting description if you really would want to label them correctly. Brotherhood Of The Lake sounds like the missing link between the melodic metalcore from Shai Hulud and the more complex metalcore band Coalesce, only mixed up with the production from a band like Celeste. Being a ‘crust’ band the bass is also pushed up highly in the mix and the songs are structured a lot more around the bass than the guitar. But, don’t go thinking they slacked off in the guitar or drumming department! All instruments are filled with energy and are usually doing some pretty tasteful things.

Seeing the comparison to the aforementioned bands, one should not be surprised that this is a very aggressive, angry record. Everything about the albums just screams this; The cover, the song titles, the lyrics, the production and above all, the vocals. Robert Clark utilizes a low-tuned scream or shout throughout the entire album, something reminiscent of what you would expect to hear in a hardcore band like Pulling Teeth. He has a very powerful voice and certainly brings the lyrics (that cover subjects like depression, desperation, religion and suicide) in a fashion they should be delivered. Sadly Clark’s vocal range is nothing to write home about, and gets pretty monotony’s if it wasn’t for the occasional background support. Luckily the album length is pretty short; with only 26 minutes nothing really drags or gets irritating. And while 26 minute might seem rather weak for an LP it’s 26 minutes of quality, no filler to be found what so ever.

However, when the initial surprise of the bass started to wear, I came to the conclusion this is ‘just’ metalcore. Metalcore of a band that clearly found inspiration in bands like Shai Hulud and Coalesce but never quite reaches the same level of quality. Despite this, Brotherhood Of The Lake has delivered an excellent album, one that should appeal to every metalcore or hardcore fan. Whilst the album is devoid of the plagues often found in other albums of the same genre, it’s still haunted by its own share of problems, but none of those come close to ruining the experience. I fear the usual “rise record” fan might not be so pleased by this brand of metalcore, but for those who enjoy metalcore in the vein of Cave In, 7 Angels 7 Plagues, the aforementioned Shai Hulud and Coalesce, or people who just love a loud bass will have field day with this album! 4/5

Recommended songs:
  • The World To Me
  • Too Bleak
  • Hope For Nothing




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Evreaia
June 29th 2012



3742 Comments


Damn forgot to prove read..

Anyway album for those who enjoy the pre-2006 metalcore or a heavy bass influenced sound. great metalcore and will surely be in my top of 2012.

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Colliiiin
June 29th 2012



652 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sweet review, definitely gonna check this out because of it. Also I love Coalesce and Shai Hulud.

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Fluttertrank
June 29th 2012



16963 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hmm i will check this out

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Hep Kat
June 29th 2012



14019 Comments


i think i heard this band and they were aight. might check this album out

but seriously to all hardcore bands: stop putting fucking pictures of houses on your album covers

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Evreaia
June 29th 2012



3742 Comments


I think you'd like it Flutter.

Fluttertrank
June 29th 2012



16963 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah i've heard a few songs on youtube, its pretty sick. the bass is hard as fuck m/

Evreaia
June 29th 2012



3742 Comments


Too bleak and especially the last song kick some major ass.

TBliss2
June 29th 2012



501 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool review dude. Love this band.

Evreaia
June 29th 2012



3742 Comments


Great to see! Band needs more exposure.

wacknizzle
June 29th 2012



11909 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review, this really needed one. You don't hear metalcore like this much anymore.

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BirthRite
June 29th 2012



1318 Comments


"Damn forgot to prove read"

reverse psychology

Evreaia
June 29th 2012



3742 Comments


nah really forgot it, can't edit typos (or is the edit option back working again?)

Fluttertrank
June 29th 2012



16963 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah it is

Evreaia
June 29th 2012



3742 Comments


Okay fixed the typos I saw, just notify me of others I missed.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
June 29th 2012



20204 Comments


Heard about this, wasn't sure whether to listen or not.

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Evreaia
June 29th 2012



3742 Comments


do it

Spec
June 29th 2012



26834 Comments


All the good band names must have run out.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
June 29th 2012



7011 Comments


Album title reminds me of the Floyd lol.

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Evreaia
June 30th 2012



3742 Comments


More people need to check this shit out.

TBliss2
June 30th 2012



501 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^Agreed



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