Many metallic hardcore bands seem to be flying high these days. Hang The Bastard put out a fantastic 12” earlier this year (Read Rob’s review of HTB here), and This Is Hell recently tore up the UK on several dates with Feed The Rhino. What The Night Brings have given us their destructive second EP, metaphorically throwing their hat into the ring and showing us all how these lads from Buckinghamshire can beat down (no pun intended) the opposition. And I’ll tell you this, it’s one hell of an impressive way to challenge the other bands on the circuit. Their first effort in 2008 Tides started them on the right track, but with this most recent self-released record, Bound By Apathy, the intensity has increased and the sound has matured.
The most obvious thing about What The Night Brings is the thunderous drums spread all over this EP. Drummer Pete Bright puts in a fantastic performance, and with each crashing beat you wonder where the next one will come from. It’s unpredictable at times, but merciless all the time. Back is that raw uncompromising ferocity behind the music and lyrics – each word is spat out with a fierce animalistic growl that will bite your head off if you’re not careful. The amount of melody paired with this though is staggering, ‘Barren’ rips right through you with heavy riffs as every word that escapes from vocalist Adrian’s mouth is fired directly at you, laced with so much bile it’s foul in the best way possible. ‘Deus Ex-Machina’ follows suit with a heavy melodic assault and a group-vocal adding a punch to the fierce bark of Adrian. ‘The March That Makes A Man’ is an instant pit-starter, definitely one to get the headbangers going, with as much groove behind the rhythm to satisfy even the biggest elitist metalheads. Ending on a high note, ‘Front Towards Enemy’ is a deeply infectious, mature track. A slow dragging riff fills your ears before a calm washes over you, only to be blasted away with a riff that wouldn’t sound out of place on a This Is Hell record. Initially, it feels more accessible than the other tracks but that’s by no means a bad thing. It’s memorable, heavy and a great way to end the EP.
Just one of many reasons why the metal scene in the UK is thriving this year, What The Night Brings have brought a great selection of their best riffs and beatdowns to date. The fact that they are this well-developed so early on is a great indication of what is to come from these guys and we look forward to getting a full record in future.
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