Make Them Suf­fer


Metal Hammer (UK) - - The Gospel - SO­PHIE MAUGHAN

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Ever-ex­pand­ing death­core dy­nam­ics from Down Un­der

Perth sex­tet Make Them Suf­fer le­git­imised their sym­phonic death­core tag with the re­lease of 2010’s blis­ter­ing Lord Of Woe EP and their full-length de­but Ne­verbloom’s propen­sity for elo­quent gloom. These An­tipodeans’ pen­chant for blend­ing ni­hilis­tic beauty with rapid-fire blud­geon­ing has re­mained a fun­da­men­tal part of their sound, but dy­nam­i­cally, there’s an un­mis­tak­able shift at work here – aside from the ob­vi­ous ab­sence of key­board/ vo­cal­ist Louisa Bur­ton. Cur­rent sin­gle Fire­works may lack the lyri­cal depth or ro­man­ti­cism of songs past, but its tin­kling keys and melodic heft are none­the­less com­pelling, while opener

First Move­ment highlights those star­tling fe­male vo­cals. Power Over­whelm­ing and Save Your­self in­tro­duce change and pro­gres­sion with slower tem­pos, djent-tinged pas­sages and the lat­ter’s em­phatic ‘call-to-arms’ spo­ken-word mantra. Granted, Worlds Apart is not the frost­bit­ten mael­strom on which MTS es­tab­lished them­selves, but any diehards blanch­ing at this record’s eu­phoric eclec­ti­cism will cer­tainly find so­lace among the in­ter­mit­tent flur­ries of blast­beats and enamel-peel­ing screams else­where. These guys are suf­fer­ing for their art suc­cess­fully.

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