Slaughter To Prevail
Chapters Of Misery


3.5
great

Review

by Get Low USER (34 Reviews)
November 28th, 2020 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Welcome to Whose Line Is It Anyway?, the show where everything's made up and the points don't matter. That's right, the points are like the lyrics to a deathcore album.

Slaughter to Prevail is a Russian deathcore band headed by Alex Shikolai (alias: Alex Terrible), who is perhaps better known for his Youtube vocal covers. The Chapters of Misery EP was their first official group of songs, originally self-released in 2015, then re-released a year later after signing with Sumerian Records. The EP calls back to the more breakdown-intensive style of deathcore which was more common during the late 00's, with bands like Oceano, Whitechapel, and Carnifex (the earliest iterations of these bands, that is), but with the cleaner and bolder production that is heard in almost all of modern deathcore. The combination of these two aspects gives Chapters of Misery a vibe that is simultaneously nostalgic and refreshing.

Anyone who has ever stumbled upon Alex Terrible's "metal" covers on Youtube should already be familiar with the vocal style displayed on this EP: false-chord (but probably open-chord on the super lows) screaming and gutturals that sound every bit as evil as his "kid of darkness" demon masks that he and his band likes to wear. On the instrumental side, most of the riffs contain chugging of some sort, but oftentimes the lead guitarist will break off and play some sixteenth-note licks to add some flavor and distinction to each track. The drummer strives to make the most of each and every riff – even the slowest of their breakdowns – usually with erratically dancing kickdrums and liberal snare hits. The bass is loud, pulsating, and in-your-face, with no equalizer enhancements required.

I want to make special note of the band's songwriting on Chapters of Misery (unfortunately not on their Misery Sermon LP, which was a huge step down from this), because I think Slaughter to Prevail did something that made this release distinctive from others in the genre, that being their unforgivingly copious use of tempo changes. Of course deathcore in and of itself is already known for its breakdowns, which involve bands scooting on down into half-time for palm-muted riffs, but Slaughter to Prevail likes to play buildups that imply a certain tempo is coming, and then hit you with a crushingly slow breakdown, or perhaps a quicker and bouncier breakdown, or perhaps it wasn't a breakdown at all, and they just wanted to fake you out and go into another fast riff. This is done constantly, and the listener (unless they've heard the EP several times, then even still) never really knows how fast or slow the next riff is going to be, creating an unpredictable but fun vortex of heavy riffs that lasts for almost a half hour.

Speaking of fun, that's something that deathcore has almost completely lost sight of in the 2010's, with bands such as Enterprise Earth and Aversions Crown favoring "mature" songwriting and "appropriately-timed" breakdowns. Chapters of Misery calls back to the earlier days of deathcore, when the bands didn't take themselves as seriously, and wanted the listeners, especially those in a live environment, to have fun at all times and to tear *** up (literally, figuratively). Whenever I think those days are all but gone, I discover an EP like Chapters of Misery, and feel glad that some musicians in the genre still know that it doesn't have to be entirely about business all the time (or at all).



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Get Low
November 28th 2020


9013 Comments


Make Deathcore Great Again

Emim
November 28th 2020


29601 Comments


Dude's got an insane voice. His cover of Given Up is pretty hilarious though

parksungjoon
November 28th 2020


25689 Comments


bet this is fucking garbage

Digging: Government - Shitshitshit [japanese death poem]

Get Low
November 28th 2020


9013 Comments


lolpark

His voice is something else. I gotta be honest though, I've never watched more than like 30 seconds of any of his covers. They don't really interest me (covers in general don't interest me, especially Youtube covers).

parksungjoon
November 28th 2020


25689 Comments


>Make Deathcore Great Again

this genre was only good in the 90s when no one used the word deathcore and also no one knew the obscure bands that did this kinda stuff

check damonacy

Get Low
November 28th 2020


9013 Comments


yes yes may check later

Ecnalzen
November 28th 2020


10145 Comments


I know this probably isn't what you were going for out of this review, but I am now on his youtube listening to his covers

His version of Ride from 21P made me lol

Emim
November 28th 2020


29601 Comments


His screams are fantastic, but his cleans are just lol. Especially since you can hear his thick ass accent in them.

Ecnalzen
November 28th 2020


10145 Comments


I also liked how he did the bridge in Given Up when he couldn't do Chester's scream so he just says fuck it and roars instead

Yeah, he has pretty incredible range on his harsh vox, and yeah the accent when he is singing in english really adds to the comedic value, whether it is intentional or not

Ecnalzen
November 28th 2020


10145 Comments


ohmygoodness, I am on Chandelier now

It just keeps getting better, lmao

Get Low
November 28th 2020


9013 Comments


I watched a few seconds of that 21P song and cringed so hard. And it's annoying because he'd rather do that shit than write a new album with Slaughter to Prevail. It's been almost four years now since Misery Sermon dropped.

Emim
November 28th 2020


29601 Comments


He must be able to hold it that long, because I can definitely do it and I'm pretty mediocre at harsh vocals. Definitely can't hold a low for that long though.

Ecnalzen
November 28th 2020


10145 Comments


After I finish his version of Stressed Out, imma actually listen to something from this, I swear

Ecnalzen
November 28th 2020


10145 Comments


"it's annoying because he'd rather do that shit than write a new album with Slaughter to Prevail. It's been almost four years now since Misery Sermon dropped"

They do have a stand alone single from last year called Agony, if it helps

And another from this year, called Demolisher. They might be onto another album soon

Get Low
November 28th 2020


9013 Comments


WE'LL SEE

Ecnalzen
November 28th 2020


10145 Comments


I got kinda bored with this around Death, I think, but those two new songs were pretty friggin good. Sounded like they were actually trying in the inst dept instead of just relying on vox

Get Low
November 28th 2020


9013 Comments


:[

Edit: I finally just checked Agony and Demolisher and they both go hard as fuck

Ecnalzen
November 28th 2020


10145 Comments


Yeah, those stand alone songs are awesome. Hopefully, something comes from them in the near future

I will probs give this another go soon, since I started listening to it and got distracted

The vox were def the high point, but I don't remember a whole lot from the band on this, besides just chuggin along in the background while he is all over the place

Emim
November 28th 2020


29601 Comments


The breakdown in Demolisher is crazy. Can't help but feel there's a bit of studio magic in there, but still.

Ninjahague
November 28th 2020


1767 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hell is obviously best track here and rest of ep is just alright



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