Make Them Suffer
Roadrunner Records/Warner Music Australia
Reviewed By Rahul Menon
Make Them Suffer are no longer confined to any boundaries...
Make Them Suffer. The name in itself is actually pretty damn awesome. Thankfully, the band is just as awesome, if not more. What Make Them Suffer have created with their latest offering Old Souls is absolutely stunning. Every song on the album showcases different sides of the band. Sean Harmanis was on point when he explained the intentions behind the album and songs, saying every song can stand on itself, and the album has no fillers. Completely true.
The content in the album ranges from straight up death metal, to deathcore, to ballads (yes, ballads), to symphony driven music and of course breakdowns that can crush your body. There is quite a bit of chugging too which may excite some, but could potentially also put off some people. Ultimately, Make Them Suffer have pulled an Opeth and have done what they want. Now whether they did it as beautifully or as extreme as Opeth is a whole different issue, but that's the essence. This is a band creating music that they wanted to create. It is free from what their fans want or what the 'scene' currently offers.
Take tracks like "Requiem" and "Threads" - that's the Make Them Suffer that people know. Then they throw in curve balls like "Let Me In" (which caused such a riot when it was released) and the amazing "Blood Moon" which had people unleashing counltess reactions and opinions. I give the band 10/10 for doing what they want. They released an album which has something for everyone; and also an album which could possibly open the eyes of listeners to a whole new dimension of heavy music. Listening to "Timeless" had me hooked onto those symphonic elements for days, and all the feels ... oh my! Also, the track "Marionette" absolutely slays.
The only issue I have with their 'do what we want' attitude comes with regard to production. There are four different producers on the album. So, if you're particular about consistency, you're in for a challenge. It is a noticeable difference, and sometimes off putting. The intensity of the drums and just the overall clarity keeps varying between songs which is a little annoying overall but I can get past it with ease.
Lyrically speaking, they really have outdone themselves on this one. It is certainly worth reading along while listening as it expresses the song and the intentions behind it in a really clear way. Some really fiery riffs, bone crushing breakdowns, and dizzying chuggs courtesy Nick McLernon and Lachlan Monty - all of it backed by a nice fat bass from Christopher Arias-Real, and intelligent drumming filled with variety from the very brilliant Tim Madden. As has always been the case, the use of the keys/symphonic elements provided by Louisa Burton really puts Make Them Suffer in a league of their own. The vocals are nuts. The range delivered by Sean Harmanis is absolutely awesome, and it is always a delight to have Louisa's voice popping up around the album.
Overall - this is a glorious little album that deserves to be heard from start to finish without any expectations. Listen to it for what it is - and you will see that every song brings something awesome to the table. The five songs that the band released prior to the album clearly indicated that this album was going to be a wild ride - and it really is. This album showcases the dynamic ability of the the band; it has taken them to the next level and now they're free. Old Souls has ensured that Make Them Suffer are no longer confined to any boundaries. That is what metal is about - no confinements, and that is also as metal as you can possibly get. Well done!
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