Beneath the Tides
A New Beginning


4.0
excellent

Review

by SlMBOLlC USER (15 Reviews)
February 20th, 2013 | 47 replies


Release Date: 02/01/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A Diamond in the rough

I was rather sceptical when a friend told me to check this band out. Being a small time deathcore band from Canberra, Australia, I thought that this would likely be just another junztastic deathcore debut.

However I was indeed very wrong.

A New Beginning is a diamond in the rough. It is hard to count the amount of times a new young deathcore band has sprung up out of nowhere, only to deliver an album we’ve all heard 1000 times before. This albums demonstrates the potential that deathcore has in the hands of a talented and mature band, and sticks it’s middle finger to the Suicide Silence clones and All Shall Perish wannabees in the process.

The musical style contained within this album is one that quite unique within the deathcore genre. Rather than draw on chugs or modern deathmetal riffing as their main influence, Beneath the Tides have opted for the old school melodeath style to be the foundation of their sound. Deathcore bands have indeed tried this before (particularly As Blood Runs Black), yet the result has almost invariably been very lacklustre; with the riffs being cheesy and over melodic and only seeming like they’re there to fill the space between the breakdowns. Beneath the Tides are the only deathcore band that I am aware of that has genuinely been able to capture not only the sound of the Gothenburg style, but also the feel. There is a constant old school metal vibe about this record despite the core influences (see 1:10 into “Seduction of flesh”). This is something that is seldom seen in many modern metal records, let alone deathcore. The fact that this band relies on a solid metal base as their foundation, and then adds some metal/hardcore influences allows them to avoid the vast majority of negative tendencies and genre limitations of your typical deathcore outfit. This can best be explained by the fact that this genuinely sounds like a metal record that has some hardcore influences (e.g Animosity, The Red Chord, Glass Casket), rather than sounding like straight up deathcore (Oceano, Suicide Silence et al.)

For all the praise I have given this band for not being a typical generic deathcore band, there are still downsides. Some of the riffs are strongly influenced by At the Gates, and some of the lyrics are typical deathcore fare (“I’ll cut you up just to keep your ***ing mouth shut!”) and when breakdowns are used, perhaps a third have a tendency to be quite boring and generic. However the rarity in which those breakdowns occur almost makes it a non-issue when looking at the album as a whole, especially considering that the other 2/3 of the breakdowns mostly compliment the songs quite well (2:24 into “Swan or Siren”). These downsides are not enough to seriously detract from an otherwise excellent record. As stated the riffs can be AtG worship, but not simple rip-offs and whilst the lyrics can be childish, it is fairly sporadic and can be easily overlooked.

The vocalist is shows a very solid and respectable performance. Apart from the aforementioned sporadic immature lyrics, his delivery contains very good range and power. There are many instances of vocal layering however, yet you don’t get the feel the layering is there to cover up vocal weaknesses (Oli Sykes in Count Your Blessings, Mitch Lucker in everything). He does not partake in inhales, brees or sound like his vocals were more over-produced than a recent Linkin Park record. Overall very good.

The drummer is another standout on this album. Not because he shows incredible blasts or insane double base (blasts and fast double bass are virtually nonexistent on “A New Beginning”), but because he avoids the typical extreme metal drumming style in favour attempting to be more rhythmic in his delivery trying to vary up his style to best compliment the equally varying pace of the songs. A good example of this is 1:25 into “No Penny for Pestilence”, where the beat is rather simple, but compliments the passage very well.

Overall, this is an incredibly mature deathcore debut. It does a great job of not succumbing to the generic tendencies and uninspired junk spewed forth by so many. Whilst not perfect, that is certainly forgivable considering the fact that this is a debut. This album is certainly worth picking up if you are a deathcore fan, or indeed have any deathcore inclinations at all, and could very well appeal to meodeath fans as well.



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SlMBOLlC
February 20th 2013


5232 Comments


hey guise first review in like 5ever

i can has feedback?

ethixx
February 20th 2013


1170 Comments


good review, nice to see you writing them again

Eclecticist
February 20th 2013


3863 Comments


I literally lol'd when I saw the rating you gave this album.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2013


14748 Comments


"deathcore band from ... Australia"

Pass.

Digging: Off Minor - The Heat Death of the Universe

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2013


14748 Comments


After reading the review, I'll pos because it's good. But I highly, highly doubt the "ATG worship" is little more than some aimless sweeping over some 1st and 2nd fret chugging, such is the way of most "melodic -core" bands.

SlMBOLlC
February 20th 2013


5232 Comments


Yeh I thought the Same jac but really it's not what you'd think

And what have you heard it eclec?

Cheer babe ;) ;) xoxoxoxo

Eclecticist
February 20th 2013


3863 Comments


I saw it on It Leaked and listened to 3 tracks online. Each one was painfully average so I didn't bother to pursue fully listening to the entire release.

SlMBOLlC
February 20th 2013


5232 Comments


But really jac, it's legit. It's not gimmicky or lame ripoff stuff. If you don't mind dxc or melodeath I reccommend you give it a go. Believe me I was just as sceptical

Eclecticist
February 20th 2013


3863 Comments


Pass.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2013


14748 Comments


Hmmmmmmmm, I'll have to see.

SlMBOLlC
February 20th 2013


5232 Comments


I gotta disagree ecl. I'm no deathcore fan, but I am a big melodeath guy

SlMBOLlC
February 20th 2013


5232 Comments


I am legit impressed. And that hasn't happened with deathcore for me in a good long while

Eclecticist
February 20th 2013


3863 Comments


What the heck are you disagreeing with? I am omitting to re-check it out :S

Also, the genre-tag associated to this band's music is irrelevant. I judge based on merit alone.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2013


14748 Comments


Just listened to "Seduction of Flesh" on YouTube and it was just as lame as I expected so yeah, pass. If I were to try and sit through 30-40 minutes of that I'd be a solid 2 though, gg Australia.

SlMBOLlC
February 20th 2013


5232 Comments


D: you neg me ecl???! :'(

SlMBOLlC
February 20th 2013


5232 Comments


Really jac? I'm actually surprised. I'm over deathcore as much as the next guy but I actually rate this :/

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2013


14748 Comments


Yeah, by the time that thing that vaguely resembled a solo rolled around I was like "I've heard just about enough".

The "melodies" if they could be called so, were very cyclical and boring, the single riff was incredibly pedestrian, the vocals (especially the lows) were layered and had some shitty reverb effect, the breakdown was the same typical "chugga chugga *kssh kssh* chug chug" bullshit I expected.

Sorry man, not my cup of tea.

SlMBOLlC
February 20th 2013


5232 Comments


yeh i did mention that some breakdowns are lame. and there was only one breakdown in that song to be fair. i dunno man i gotta disagree.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2013


14748 Comments


It's cool to like what I don't like, Sim. You're a pretty cool guy, like Be'lakor and doesn't afraid of anything.

SlMBOLlC
February 20th 2013


5232 Comments


YOU KNOW IT!!11!1



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