Fordirelifesake/Deluge [Split CD]

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Tired of emo? Tired of hardcore? Tired of Swedish death metal? Well, how about...a fusion of the three? No joke, that's exactly what Fordirelifesake offers on its half of this split CD, and it's really pretty amazing. Instrumentally, the band's approach is relatively subtle and refined -- the guitars get heavy sometimes, and they get light and shimmery sometimes, and sometimes one is heavy while the other one is light and shimmery. Vocally, it's the same thing: One guy screams the lyrics in a hoarse roar while the other guys sing pretty harmonies in the background. The total effect is really pretty amazing. In particular, check out the complex and emotional "These Nights Will Define Me." The second half of the album is given to a Dutch emocore band called Deluge, whose sound is more of a straightforward hardcore stomp with the occasional infusion of piano and melody. The Deluge material suffers a bit from its pretentious organization: The three tracks are presented as three parts of a suite entitled, goofily, "Friendship Falls With Ego," and the middle section is a waste-of-time spoken word interlude. That leaves two songs, both of which are long and sonically brutal but fairly interesting. Fordirelifesake is already one of the most intriguing bands on the hardcore scene; Deluge shows potential here, but still has some work to do.

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