Make Them Suffer
Neverbloom


5.0
classic

Review

by TacosIsMetal45 USER (3 Reviews)
December 19th, 2013 | 20 replies | 1,344 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Symphonic Deathcore done right. In no way a "Winds of Plague" copy cat.

1 of 7 thought this review was well written

With the rising number of Deathcore bands coming onto the scene, it's hard to find a deathcore band that brings any variation (Or talent for that matter.) to the mix. But Australian Deathcore band Make Them Suffer seem to have it figured out. I was very weary of this band at first, seeing how the only symphonic deathcore band happened to be Winds of Plague. (Kill me now, right?) Wrong. I took a listen to Neverbloom and it blew my ***ing mind.

The album starts out as a calm symphony and grand piano sound the arrival of what brutality is to come. The "Calm before the storm", if you will. Then it fades right into the first full length track.

2. Neverbloom -
Oh my. What have we here? Riffing? Lack of breakdown? Actual music perhaps? Looks like it as we are introduced into the title track. This song is jam packed with a lot of brutality, and it has probably the best breakdown in the entire album. Although the song is quite lengthy at 6:42 (You're going to see that alot.) It keeps up as it progresses. I especially not only love the bass drops in this album because they don't distort the rest of the music, but the piano is great. Most bands play on an electronic keyboard, but not this band. Louisa Burton is a great pianist, offering a great deal of soft contrast to the death metal riffing and heavy breakdowns. And this isn't just hitting 3 or 4 keys in progression, no, this is actual piano riffing and melody. This adds a melodic and beautiful sound to the music that gives it a sound unlike many other bands in the genre. In addition, this song has the only clean vocals in the album. Subtle and short, perfect in essence.

3- 4. Morrow and Elegies -

These next songs follow the same formula as most of the songs in the rest of the album. They are very groove influenced and the breakdowns are placed almost perfectly. Great piano riffing once again. Bass drops added exactly where they should be. Though they both sound almost the same, they are still good songs.

Side note: This album features a poetic song writing style that is basically unheard of in a genre that is often plagued by ***ty, generic, and sometimes whiny lyrics. There is a large use of vocabulary that you don't see often and it offers a great deal to the album as a whole.

5. Maelstrom -

I lost my *** at this. I don't mean to sound like a biased fan boy but wow. For such a simple breakdown, this song features one of the most powerful breakdowns in the album. It has a strong song structure, though it is a lengthy song at 6:50. As I mentioned before, the lyrics in this album are very poetic and can appeal as actual works of poetry on it's own. Here is no exception. Sean Harmanis, the lead vocalist, takes a beautifully written poem and turns into a brutal, powerfully moving song with his screams that border on the black metal and lows that bellow in your ears. The guitar work of Nick McLernon and Craig Buckingham throughout the album is commendable. The drumming is great, though not breath taking, and I would have liked to hear the bass had it not been drowned out by the other instruments.

6. Oceans of Emptiness -

This is a good break from the constant brutality. A beautiful orchestral piece that is a perfect little interlude in the album.

7. The Well
8. Weeping Wastelands
9. Widower
10. Chronicles

These next tracks offer the same formula as before basically, groove influenced riffage, powerful but seldom breakdowns, blast beats, piano riffing, the works. (Weeping Wastelands is a re-recording from Lord of Woe EP, just as a side note) There's nothing really special about these tracks, though they are all listenable.

Overall, this band has a lot going for them, and are sure to dominate the Deathcore genre if they keep going in the right direction. Excellent use of symphonic elements within the songs, most don't sound out of place, actual riffing that keep the interest instead of the constant use of overused breakdowns. (Though at times the riffing may seem monotonous.) Excellent bass drops placed at the right moment. The vocals are great, good drumming, great guitar work, though I'd like to see the Bass guitar see some of the spotlight. Bass solos maybe? (Did someone say Cannibal Corpse?) It's just an idea. A great album, certainly at least worth a listen.


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ReAnimator
December 18th 2013



296 Comments


I think you meant wary*, unless you're saying you were tired of the band before you took a listen

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TacosIsMetal45
December 18th 2013



3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My second review, just comment your thoughts!

TacosIsMetal45
December 18th 2013



3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I do mean that, Lol. Though I am tired of hearing failed attempts at symphonic deathcore.


Funeralopolis
December 18th 2013



10999 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Avoid track by track reviews as they're generally frowned upon on this site. This review needs a lot of fleshing out, this honestly reads more like a template/ scribbled down ideas for a review rather than an actually review.

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StallionMang
December 18th 2013



5208 Comments


You definitely need to lower your rating for this, not bad for a 2nd review though

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tempest--
December 18th 2013



12581 Comments


so is this a deathcore band?

Funeralopolis
December 18th 2013



10999 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yea its deathcore with some symphonic stuff thrown in

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2013



6931 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

A cheap gimmick, really. And there wasn't a need to create two entries for the one album.

tempest--
December 18th 2013



12581 Comments


yo that was a joke because he said "deathcore band" four times in the first paragraph lol

titanslayer
December 19th 2013



1448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Piano riffing? LOL

FrozenVain
December 19th 2013



2367 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I wish people would stop blowing off this album.

corycantrell
December 19th 2013



45 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i actually extremely enjoy this album probably 1 of my top 10 favorite albums ever.

JustinKing
December 19th 2013



1285 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@titan That is a proper term. Any short repeated phrase in a song is a riff.

titanslayer
December 19th 2013



1448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@justinking I didn't know that. So would drum beats be a riff as well?

titanslayer
December 19th 2013



1448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Is there a way to get emails or something when someone comments on a post on this site? I only saw
your reply because I was still on this page when I booted my computer up again.

tempest--
December 19th 2013



12581 Comments


if you go in the center of the home page, under 'new comments', you can click 'my discussions' and it will have everything you commented on in order of most recent comments (by any user)

JustinKing
December 19th 2013



1285 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@titan It's not the most common term in relation to percussion, like beat or pattern, but yes, they can be considered riffs.

titanslayer
December 20th 2013



1448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks Lloyd.

I guess you learn something new everyday Justin haha.

DotNine
December 20th 2013



137 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Lol a 5 review. Vildhjarta shits all over this band. And how you get Winds of Plague out of this band
is beyond me. Do your homework kid.

Nocturnal
December 22nd 2013



1329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album Ive been a fan of this band since the debut Ep was released. I have a feeling these guise along with Thy Art Is Murder are going to be the new titans of deathcore for the next few years.



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