Drown this City
Bear Parts Music
Reviewed By Rod Whitfield
In a heavily crowded post hardcore/melodic metalcore scene veritably bursting at the seams with cookie-cutter bands, this Melbourne-based five piece is poised to take a big step forward and howl ‘look at me!’ at the top of its lungs. And it is likely to draw the attention it deserves.
What hits you straight away when you listen to False Idols is the titanic wall of synths that slams you in the face from the get-go. Other bands in this sub-genre employ subtle hints of electronica to enhance their sounds, but DTC absolutely let it all hang out. And this should give them a definite point of difference and lend them some serious crossover appeal.
Of course, when the guitars, drums, bass, and flesh-ripping vocals kick in, this band reaches levels of intensity and insanity rarely heard in this scene.
Drown this City actually began life as a fully-fledged electronic outfit, but quickly morphed into the metalcore maelstrom that we hear on this EP, and they meld the two sounds and styles together with seamless skill.
A factor that will possibly turn even more heads in the heavy music scene is the fact that DTC is female fronted, as this is even rarer. Front-person Alex Reade has astounding set of pipes on her, juxtaposing absolutely insane, throat blasting screams and soaring melody with great skill. Her voice reminds me of a heavy metal version of a singer by the name of Tarrie B, who fronts rip-roaring LA punk/hard rock band My Ruin. And that is high praise indeed.
Drawing these unique elements in, Drown This City have harnessed their anger and channelled it into five cohesive, balanced tracks that blow you hair back with their intensity and have you thrusting your fist to the sky in exultation at the same time.
If you love the post-hardcore sound, and let’s face it, it’s the dominant commercial force in heavy music right now, open your mind to something a little different and check out Drown This City. This EP is an enthralling slice of ultra-catchy insanity, and should place them firmly on the metalcore map, both here and abroad.