Make Them Suffer
Neverbloom


2.5
average

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (198 Reviews)
December 18th, 2012 | 116 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ideas are always a good thing, but without the proper execution the affair sounds confused. Worlds collide where there is no victor.

For everything that is seeing the hype build for this deathcore act, there is as much that they do to prevent that hype from being justified. Make Them Suffer cash in on a typical deathcore fronted sound combined with some cheesy, orchestral element that is at ends with their 2012 release Neverbloom. Everything here is mildly generic bar the orchestral element. The screams range from middle pitch to low to high and back again backed by some positively ferocious fast paced tempos and typical riff structures. Despite how solid the music is (although somewhat repetitive) the combination of genres leaves the album a muddled and confused mess. Hailing from Australia Make Them Suffer at least try to hit the metal scene with flair, unfortunately the execution fails to leave a mark on the casual listener.

Signed to the (in)famous Roadrunner Records this deathcore act are set for a career of mediocrity, from their Lord Of Woe EP which showed more promise than the full length and also focused on a simpler sound; Neverbloom does too much and achieves little. When it comes down to it Make Them Suffer’s debut could be considered a ‘fad’. The soundscape they do provide may be seen as a fresh take on the metal scene but as a gimmick the first impression will soon wear off. Without the combined force of Dimmu Borgir-esque piano sections and a typical riff fest found in many a deathcore act of this century leave the listener with a clash of sounds forced it seems just for the attempt at sounding ‘new’. There are however some redeeming points to Neverbloom that credit the band with knowing how to put together some good music. The interlude-ish track ‘Oceans Of Emptiness’ has a smooth edge accented by the keybordists melodic female vocals. This track acts as a nice break between the screams and one minded chug fest of the rest of the album. Also, tracks like the more straight-forward ‘Weeping Wastelands’ show that Make Them Suffer haven’t forgotten how their EP was received, the piano/keyboard section is still hear but largely takes a back seat to this stronger display of song writing.

Overall, it seems that Neverbloom is rather hit and miss. Praise is sure to come from the Australian community especially considering another couple of prominent metal acts that have “popped up” from “down under” (pun very much intended). Even for those listeners’ who drench themselves in deathcore mediocrity there will be something they find here amass the riffs, standard issue screams and bass drops that will make them feel the hype was justified. Unfortunately this ‘fad’ that was created by combining some rather basic elements fails to be executed in the best possible way, largely missing the point altogether. As for Make Them Suffer, they have a full length that will create divided opinions and create publicity for yet another ‘core’ band from Australia.



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  • TacosIsMetal45 (5)
    Symphonic Deathcore done right. In no way a "Winds of Plague" copy cat....

    carachangren (3.5)
    A great debut full of solid drumming, beautiful keyboard work and some solid enough riffs ...

    Subrick (2)
    At least it's better than Winds of Plague....

    CollectTheLeaves (5)
    A heavy music classic. Beyond world-class....

  • skidemon166 (4.5)
    Neverbloom is a typical deathcore album, made entirely ATYPICAL by the brilliant and nuanc...

    Connor Welsh (4.5)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 17th 2012


7100 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Probably stepped on a few toes here, shit happens. Album misses.

J0ckstrapsFTW
December 17th 2012


3652 Comments


The average for this is almost a 4 so ill def check this out

DotEight
December 17th 2012


5593 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Spot on rating and review.

Tyrael
December 17th 2012


20901 Comments


this album gets my false metal stamp of approval

good review though

DotEight
December 17th 2012


5593 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I still just think this band is a wanna-be TBDM. I can't help but think of it everytime I hear this
album. Listening to Deathmask Divine as we speak m/

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 17th 2012


7100 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I'm honestly not sure where all the 4.5's are coming from.

Tyrael
December 17th 2012


20901 Comments


Not a TBDM expert but aren't these guys deathcore and TBDM like real dm?

DotEight
December 17th 2012


5593 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"Not a TBDM expert but aren't these guys deathcore and TBDM like real dm?"

These guys are deathcore, and TBDM is hard to classify. Some people say they aren't true death metal, some do. I personally think they are death metal.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 17th 2012


7100 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Not a TBDM expert but aren't these guys deathcore and TBDM like real dm?

I think the comparison came in the vocals, but TBDM had a twist to the screaming like an accent I guess, these sound a little more generic and pushed.
I always thought that they were death (TBDM)




Tyrael
December 17th 2012


20901 Comments


Meh

I think this is great but you can just ignore my opinion if you want :]

I know I have 'bad taste'

DotEight
December 17th 2012


5593 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I just think it's not original or diverse in any way.

Basically, I think it's boring. It's not "bad", but I have no intention of listening to this entire album again. It's like a chore.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 17th 2012


7100 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Eh Opinions, I always thought our opinions matched up here and there Tyrae.

FearThyEvil
December 17th 2012


12629 Comments


Can almost guarantee this won't be good.

DotEight
December 17th 2012


5593 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Like I said in the other review, they try SO hard to be heavy and taken seriously that it gives the opposite effect.

DotEight
December 17th 2012


5593 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"Can almost guarantee this won't be good. "

It's really not. Like iPod said, don't understand anything above a 3 on this.

Tyrael
December 17th 2012


20901 Comments


Sorry guys

DotEight
December 17th 2012


5593 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Like I'd rather just listen to Nocturnal.

Tyrael
December 17th 2012


20901 Comments


Stormblast > all

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 17th 2012


7100 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Like I'd rather just listen to Nocturnal.

And I'm off to find something to review positively now that I can stop running sentences through my head for this. Thanks for the feedback guys. Critism always welcome.


DotEight
December 17th 2012


5593 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Ipod this review is really, really good.



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