Sufferer
Sufferer


4.5
superb

Review

by Rowan5215 STAFF
September 24th, 2017 | 276 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: you've got very little time, and most of it is mine anyway

Sleep too late. Scroll through shitty memes for half an hour before you can get out of bed. Try not to think about how your boss hasn't called you in for four weeks, and how you're secretly happy it gives you an excuse to sleep through Saturday mornings. Cereal for lunch and Pizza Hut for dinner. Just don't ever think about trying to change things, don't get cocky and think you're worth anything more than this. Then you'll be alright.

Having attempted to do it in about five lines, I can safely say that trying to boil down the entire experience of depression and anxiety into a 37-minute narrative (complete with hero's journey and satisfying arc) would be patently ridiculous. To Sufferer's credit, it doesn't even try to – the 'story' here is more a series of interrelated late-night scribblings, one man's feverish struggle bled onto paper and turned into music by the voices of anxiety (Cory Lockwood) and depression (Shane Gann). Lockwood obviously has the chops for the task, having adopted the voices of abusive father, depressed lover, childhood anxiety and countless others on No Place – think of his smugly sardonic 'hey, who can blame you for wishing"' spread across an entire album. Gann's low bellow makes for the perfect counterpoint; an animalistic roar beneath anxiety's cruel shriek. The album's schizophrenic progression means that the lines between the voices are often blurred, another smart choice which makes it easier to forget that you're listening to two people in the roles of depression and anxiety instead of the real deal.

In fact, the best moments come when Sufferer pushes against the limits of its concept both musically and lyrically. "Chapter VII" sees all three vocalists in tandem with some beautiful harmonies for a sickening lullaby from depression to the sufferer, while the second half of "V" takes a sharp left turn into a soft lament that sees the record at its most devastating: "How many times will you allow me to cut you down" unintentional incisions bleed you dry of your time… are you wasting your life with me"" On the other hand, "VI" pushes even Cory's credibility with a spoken countdown leading to a "ready or not, where the fuck will you hide"!", before a cheesy fade-out sees the voices artificially becoming lower and lower. But even with the occasional moment of lacking subtlety, Sufferer's pale sincerity stays with you long after the tape stops spinning.

Compressing what it really sounds like to hear those voices whispering in the back of your head, not so much telling you as assuring you that you're not good enough, not motivated enough, easily forgotten etc. would be a mammoth task, even with ten more of the best vocalists in the genre on your side. Thankfully, Sufferer don't swing for the sweeping platitudes, generalisations or ambitious three-act concepts. What we hear is just one man's lonely, shitty nights, the voices of his friends transmuted into the voices of his demons; an exorcism performed via post-hardcore with studio tapes as our witness. The only question now is the same question we're always left with - what happens when the voices come back tomorrow"



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Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
September 24th 2017


39512 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

check it out here guys https://suffererband.bandcamp.com/releases. 35% of all purchases goes to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America so it's a good cause to crack open the wallets for



thanks to MarsKid for bringing this album to my attention

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deathschool
September 24th 2017


21928 Comments


Fantastic review, Row. I might check.

verdant
Contributing Reviewer
September 24th 2017


1918 Comments


well written!!!!!! listened to this a few times today!!!!! it's good!!!!!

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
September 24th 2017


39512 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

!!!

deathschool
September 24th 2017


21928 Comments


Liking this so far.

ComeToDaddy
September 24th 2017


1613 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

killer review row, this one hit me like a truck on the second spin. Can definitely see it being a fave from this year

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
September 24th 2017


39512 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

all I ever needed was validation from you Daddy :3



yeah this will be top 10 for me I think, the songwriting is so razor-tight

Ebola
September 24th 2017


2872 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album makes me nut

Lucid
September 24th 2017


8776 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"Detailing a day in the life of a Sufferer, with three vocalists portraying the Subject, his Anxiety, and his Depression."

Lmao. That's the cringiest band concept I've seen in a while.

Ebola
September 24th 2017


2872 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The concept is cringy as hell, but the execution is masterful. Give it a shot

deathschool
September 24th 2017


21928 Comments


I expected it to be ridiculous and heavy handed, but it's just three dudes with three different ranges screaming and singing over some music that needs screaming/singing.

jusplathemus
September 24th 2017


52 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's been long since I've liked an album this much on the first listen. Makes me wonder about it's longevity, but for now, it's an easy buy.

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Dewinged
September 24th 2017


7006 Comments


This is gonna be a love it or hate it thing, right Row?

Anyway, incredible review man.

Digging: Motorpsycho - The Tower

DoofusWainwright
Contributing Reviewer
September 24th 2017


17061 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Dewi, thar is comedy potential in this meatball melodrama - it might tickle you.



Some of the music is actually quite irresistible...but the vox and concept are dripping in lashing of cheese

Lucid
September 24th 2017


8776 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah I enjoyed some of the post-hardcore tracks, but the slow and "introspective" songs were simply awful (especially Chapter VII, almost turned that off out of embarrassment).

Dewinged
September 24th 2017


7006 Comments


You know how much I fancy cheese and depression, doof

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
September 24th 2017


39512 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah love it (if you're normal) or hate it (if you're doof), take your pick

DoofusWainwright
Contributing Reviewer
September 24th 2017


17061 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

'yeah love it (if you're normal)'



You see I think 'norms' are who'd switch this off after 10 seconds, weirdly put

DoofusWainwright
Contributing Reviewer
September 24th 2017


17061 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

The reality outside of being nostalgia conditioned to this genre by growing up with it is this album IS as cheesy and baby butt hurt as Korn, Linkin Park and the nu metal bands everyone dumps on here.



I'm not saying this is all that awful but it lands in the same sort of ratings ball park as those sort of albums.

DoofusWainwright
Contributing Reviewer
September 24th 2017


17061 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

'Yeah I enjoyed some of the post-hardcore tracks'.



Yeah Lucid, generally the album is pretty front loaded.



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