Metalcore! Is there anybody out there who can still stand this word or this kind of music? The high tide of new bands of that kind still doesn’t seem to end and a lot of what gets washed to the shore is nothing but worthless flotsam and jetsam, boring and heard a hundred times already. Thankfully AS WE FIGHT from Denmark are an exception, which they prove with their album “Black Nails And Bloody Wrists”, a Tue Madsen production.
The band blends energetic Hardcore with a generous portion of Death Metal, mighty grooves, a little melody and tops that with – as is typical for the Hardcore genre – two vocalists, namely Jason Campbell and Laurits Medorn. One of them masters even some really deep Death Metal growls, as you can hear at the end of the opener “I Bury My Head In My Hands”. There are no clean vocals used on this record, which creates a nice contrast to bands like KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and its legions of clones. Their music kicks in the most when they offer some of their powerfully grooving riffs, as for example in “Ignite The Fire” or “Embrace This Hell”, even Metalheads may bang their heads to that. Tue Madsen equipped this album with a really mighty sound. Thanks to this great production the music of AS WE FIGHT gains class and it certainly doesn’t need to fear a comparison with the big names in the scene.
So, even if you don’t want to hear anything anymore about Metalcore, I can still recommend AS WE FIGHT. Not all of their songs are really convincing yet, but altogether the band deserves a thumbs up and offers something for both Hardcore fans and Metalheads. Nevertheless, I hope that the Metalcore trend will soon fade away. AS WE FIGHT, however, may stay a bit longer yet.
Favorite tracks: “I Bury My Head In My Hands”, “Ignite The Fire” (Online February 15, 2006)