Review Summary: Raunchy's Discord Electric is definitely an LP that strives to be different from it's metal brethren with it's pop influenced twists, whilst retaining some of the best qualities that make good metal.
First time review here.
I will be reviewing this as a first time fan, having not listened to anything extensively from Raunchy's previous work.
Raunchy brings something different to the table, though nothing entirely unheard of. Their mixture of metal and pop still certainly changes up the standard mix of breakdowns and heavy vocals, while still remaining dark and head bang worthy. It urges to break free of the chains of the plagues and isolation many modern metal bands you hear today.
Raunchy's 5th studio album expands on key notes that come together nicely to form a pretty catchy, pop-y deep, melodic riff heavy metal album. The keyboard and electronic work play a big role in forming the basic spine of each song, and opens most of the songs nicely. This 12 track album is quite lengthy in tune lengths, and despite is poppy attitude, still provides a good amount of metal meat you crave between verses and choruses.
The album opens up with the intro track "Dim the lights and run" and sets the mood for the album. The dynamic and stylistic guitar play paired with keyboard synthesizers makes sets the tone for the rest of album. Discord Electric goes on to play hard on those styles with easily the best tracks on the album such as " The Great Depression " and "Ire Vampire". "Ire Vampire" tending to be the track's heaviest and fast tempo track.
Each way Raunchy pulls you never deteriorates the experience the album has to offer, albeit sometimes the choruses tend to leave a bad taste, such as the awful and skip worthy track "Big Truth", which offers very little to the metal aspect of their sound, and fails to pull off as catchy and fun rather then poppy and enjoyable. Definitely the most disappointing track on the album, as it feels the least inspired instrumentally and vocally.
While a little long in the running, Raunchy knows how to get a track stuck in a listener’s head with the irresistible A Discord Electric. This album provides catchy melodies and divergent riffs are that few bands are able to properly manage or implement. A lot of hardcore metal fans may poke fun at the infectious, electronic-heavy choruses, but screw em'. A Discord Electric provides the perfect soundtrack for a insanely good time.