Review Summary: Drowningman craft an album utilizing metalcore’s best and most common facets, bringing it all together into a no-frills, accessible package
Busy Signal At The Suicide Hotline is a metalcore record you've probably heard already - in other albums. All its components are tried and tested tropes of the genre, those ideas which are abused and then discarded by the plethora of generic metalcore bands who have run out of ideas. But where those bands failed, Drowningman excelled, crafting an album utilizing metalcore’s best and most common facets, bringing it all together into a no-frills, accessible package. The breakdowns are heavy, dissonant, effective and generally well placed, the riffs are fast, off kilter and threatening and the lyrics have that classic mix of standard pissed off hardcore and more introspective emo. The tactic of aggressive screams switching into melodic and heartfelt cleans is commonplace, along with tight, aggressive, Botch-tier drumming that keeps things tense through build up and release . Chaotic mathcore-esque guitars weave in between pissed off screams and switch to light melodic parts flawlessly. Basically, Busy Signal is an album that does the simpler side of metalcore right. It’s not flashy, experimental or ground-breaking, but it’s to the point. The breakdowns are exhilarating, the vocals are unhinged, and the lyrics are unsettling. With metalcore I can't ask for much more.