THE BROWN­ING Geist

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SPINEFARM

Kansas elec­tro-met­allers find the fu­ture run­ning away from them

The Brown­ing’s band­leader Jonny McBee has stated that his end goal ‘is to be in­dus­trial-elec­tronic-rock­metal’. With their fourth full-length, he’s gone at least some way to achiev­ing that, but The Brown­ing are nowhere near as in­no­va­tive as that de­scrip­tor would sug­gest. In­stead, Geist mixes death­core with skit­ter­ing elec­tron­ica, trance and hard­style in a man­ner that re­calls Cross­faith, Es­cape The Day and (early) En­ter Shikari. There are some sur­prises, such as the happy-hard­core-into-hiphop tran­si­tion in Car­nage, but for the most part, Geist’s ideas are around 10 years old. That said, it’s ably ex­e­cuted, es­pe­cially on the likes of Ever­lost, Op­to­pho­bia and Fi­nal Breath but if you’re look­ing for gen­uine in­no­va­tion in the elec­tronic/metal cross­over genre, try The Lo­cust, Igorrr or The Al­go­rithm.

FOR FANS OF: Cross­faith, Es­cape The Day, We But­ter The Bread With But­ter

REMFRY DED­MAN

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