Now it seems to me that Deathcore may have already run its course. Many of the bands that really were the forerunners of the genre have moved further and further from core (no pun intended) ideas of the music. BLACK DAHLIA MURDER and JOB FOR A COWBOY have moved in different directions and essentially are leaving the genre as is. THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD have had a lot of line up issues lately to be too reliable. So it looks a little dismal for the genre. But that’s just from some of the main runners. As it turns out, many of the underground Deathcore bands are beginning to take up slack while these other bands wander.
This is where FINAL REDEMPTION comes into play. This young band seems to be picking up the slack by not only playing Deathcore but by adding their own voice to a rather hit or miss genre. One aspect that really struck home for me is that FINAL REDEMPTION lean more towards a Death Metal style than Hardcore.
Despite the opening banjo lick, “Vindicated Carnage” is full of blast beats, brutal riffing, and gut wrenching guttural vocals that would make some of the most elitist of Death Metal fans look their direction. For only their second EP, FINAL REDEMPTION is showing some serious signs of great technical work and song writing skills. The two guitarists seem to really sink up well with their riffs and when it comes to solos, I was quite impressed with the expressiveness. The solo on the first track, “Aberrancy” just shows that these guys have melodic talent to add too. They know each other and play off one another well. This allows the bass to really flourish too in its own right as it lays down a heavy foundation of groove. Overlay that with a very capable and brutal vocalist and they have quite a line-up. But despite all the good musicians in this band though, I was most impressed with the drum section. Many Deathcore bands put way too much faith in the double bass but FINAL REDEMPTION uses a variety of styles and rhythms when it comes to the drumming. It adds such a unique voice to the album that makes it worth at least one spin.
For my money, out of all the new upcoming Deathcore bands out there, I hope that FINAL REDEMPTION is the one that nails that huge label deal and starts touring. If they play as well live as this EP shows they can then they are a force to be reckoned with.
Songs to check out: “Aberrancy”, “Engraved In DNA”, “Concrete Sentiment”.
(Online March 12, 2008)