Shining a light on the future of deathcore
Since its very inception, deathcore has been a centre of discussion in the metal community. Though the genre produces planetary-core depths of lower- ended brutality, has the well run dry of creativity? Making a solid argument on deathcore’s behalf are south London six-piece Vanity, who’re showing what an infinitely imaginative powerhouse this genre of music still can be.
Previously known as Vanity Draws Blood, the band’s 2016 sonic abattoir EP Perspective//Dread was an impressive accomplishment, even featuring Thy
Art Is Murder’s C J McMahon as a guest vocalist on the track Anxiety. However, it’s their killer, soon-to-be released Perspective//Empathy EP that really has us drooling. Expansive and ambitious, Vanity are ushering deathcore into a whole new era.
“We’d been so used to writing a much darker style of music that getting out of that mindset was a challenge for us,” guitarist Luke Jervis explains. “Perspective//Dread, had more of a typical horror/ deathcore vibe to it. With Perspective//Empathy, we’ve let loose a little bit more and it has a lot more to do with our own personal experiences in life. For our first attempt at writing something that was completely out of our comfort zone, I think we’ve nailed it and achieved what we wanted to do.”
Barley reaching the
18-minute mark, Perspective//Empathy holds a tremendous amount of weight within that time, showcasing the band at their most vulnerable. The demons that accompany loss and grief stalk them closely, as they make themselves known on the single Tranquil, written for and dedicated in the memory of Elisha Alexander, sister of vocalist Kerrie.
“That was really difficult for us to deal with,” recalls bassist Charlie Jones. “As our vocalists, I know Kerrie and Ryan [Stevens] write songs that try not to be too specific, so it can be relatable where possible. But equally, they stay true to what’s happened in their lives, having to deal with what they’ve gone through.”
“It’s definitely made us grow stronger,” Luke continues. “At the end of the day, we’re not just bandmates – we’re a family. We’re all there for each other through all the sad times, but also the good times. The hardest part is playing these songs live. We all get quite choked up while we’re actually playing. We’ve only played Empathy live in its entirety once, but the feeling and the reality of what it’s all about is very hard-hitting for us. We feel powerful to actually go out there and be able to do that.”
Being the second of four EPs planned for the Perspective saga, will this all culminate into a full-length album by the end of the process, we wonder?
“We’re definitely considering it,” says Charlie. “An LP is still something that we’ve had on our minds for a while, but there’s options that we still need to discuss. At this stage, an album might be too limited for what we want to achieve. Doing these small chunks has allowed us to learn and progress ourselves as a band. We’re actually really enjoying just doing what we want without any limitations.”
“AN ALBUM IS TOO LIMITED FOR US”
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