Boris the Blade got the world’s attention with their EP, “The Tides of Damnation.” But their sophomore release, full-length album “The Human Hive,” shows that the Melbourne-based band isn’t going to slack off. Their newest presentation is more technical and more brutal than before, with slick production to bring every bit of the musical violence into high-definition.
Boris the Blade has sharpened their weapons, polishing their craft to work toward perfection, and it seems they’ve rediscovered their love of music, because “The Human Hive” seethes with an enthusiasm that’s rarely heard, and makes you feel as if you’re in for a reinvigoration of modern deathcore.
As with most technical deathcore, Boris the Blade utilizes heavy riffs, blast beats, and lots of breakdowns. But they also manage to throw in some haunting melodies and manage to ride the dynamics between parts beautifully. The vocals are growled out forcefully to demand attention, and bark out the misanthropic lyrics that you’d expect to hear from a deathcore outfit. The guitars pound out riff after bone-crunching riff, and the drums are absolutely stellar.
All of this is structured well with exemplary musicianship. The highlights would definitely have to be “Mortal Procession” and “Desolation,” if for no other reason than the fact that they reveal so much of the album’s range.
Unfortunately, after a while, the constant breakdowns (as good as they are,) start to become repetitive. Still, it’s a good, dark, angry sound. If you like bands like Suicide Silence and Whitechapel, you should absolutely check this album out. Just remember to break up your listening to keep it fresh and exciting.
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