I BELIEVE, HELP MY UNBELIEF
POST-HARDCORE BAND TAKE BABY STEPS FORWARD – BUT MESSAGE FALLS FLAT
■ AFTER NINE years as metalcore band Mouth Of The South, this Texan outfi t has adopted a new name and changed direction. The latter has been minimal, though they have got rid of the constant breakdowns and added some melodic sections. As a result, Quiet Life’s light-and-shade is an interesting conundrum, while Remission and Aftermath both feature bits you can sing or shout along to – although, lyrically, most of the album merely rages incoherently about something. That something turns out to be man’s relationship with God, which would be fi ne, were it not for the fact that it’s just not carried off all that well. As it is, Rival Choir end up managing to preach to absolutely no-one. DOWNLOAD: Aftermath. FOR FANS OF: Thy Art Is Murder, Stray From The Path, Your Demise.