Release Date: December 2014
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Available from: https://soundcloud.com/imtmband
Hardcore music is definitely an established scene in Australia, with bands such as Parkway Drive and I Killed The Prom Queen commanding legions of devoted fans. I Met The Maker, a recent addition to this musical culture, appears very much to be following in the footsteps of this style with their recent self-titled demo and its two tracks, ‘New Born Fate’ and ‘Unity.’
The first track, ‘New Born Fate,’ kicks straight into a grinding thrash-esque assault and starts the demo off with a raw intensity that is helped by the rough recording quality (well, I did say demo!). Interestingly though, not too long after the one minute mark the track drops right down dynamically with florid clean guitars and displays a sensitivity to song progression that is often lost in the breakdown-saturated style of generic Hardcore music. After this the intensity resumes, and the song finishes on the same furious note as it began.
Following this, four crash cymbal hits lead us into ‘Unity’ and the aural attack resumes. The speed has increased, the guitar chops have stepped up and the pace doesn’t let up until a rather heavy breakdown at the two-minute mark. Between the fast instrumentation and the profanity-laden lyrics, this track wants your ears to bleed.
Both tracks show potential for future recordings and the group seems to understand what it takes to write stylistically heavy music – tremolo riffs, dramatic half-time cuts, jarring minor 2nd intervals and unrelenting growled vocals.
One of the trademarks of Hardcore is its absence of clean vocals (unlike its closely-related Metalcore cousin, but I digress). Connor upholds this standard and pummels the listener with a high-register growl that sounds as painful to produce as it does intense in the band’s mix. One of the downsides to staying monotonal is that it makes it harder to seem unique with vocal timbre, so I would hope that Connor will seek to establish his own sound and run with that and avoid being derivative (like so many of us tend to do).
There is always the tricky question of originality when a band seeks to play to a certain style. After listening to this demo, I Met Your Maker definitely seem to fit the Hardcore mould and it would be up to them to decide whether or not this is a good thing. I could make comments on how to improve the sound/quality/songwriting etc., but then I remember that these guys have been a band for less than a year and they can only get better. If you are a Hardcore fan, check them out and watch this space.
–Matt, December 23rd, 2014