In Trenches

Relive And Regret

Written by: PP on 13/12/2009 15:06:58

My newfound interest in covering smallish scene bands continues with a review of Aussie metalcore act In Trenches' debut album "Relive And Regret". It's a shame only the fewest of bands down under ever make a name internationally, because the country has one of the most vibrant scenes full of originality, spitting out great bands left and right. In Trenches, for instance, have risen from the ashes of I Killed The Prom Queen and Day Of Contempt, two highly regarded Aussie metalcore bands, and have also declared the drummer from The Abandonment competent enough to partake in the band.

Reading the bio of these guys reveals they've already been supporting all the major scene metalcore/deathcore/metal acts that have visited the country, ranging from Bleeding Through and Between The Buried And Me to Misery Signals and The Red Shore. That should already give you a hint of what these guys sound like, but in case it doesn't, then it's fair enough to call In Trenches a natural progression from the sound of I Killed The Prom Queen. Sludgy, fuzzy, discordant metalcore that's oddly melodic thanks to subtle licks and hooks on the background. Think The Bled's early material versus the chaotic hardcore/metalcore hybrid of bands like The Chariot.

As a consequence, breakdowns are afloat on "Relive And Regret", but even though the band does occasionally delve into the stupid br00tal territory of most Sturgiscore bands lacking identity, the majority of the time these breakdowns fit the musical direction of each song. "Adrift" and "Without A Sign" come first into mind as great examples of how to make the songs heavy with the use of breakdowns, only to contrast with smoother, more melodic parts straight after. It's techniques like these that make the sound of In Trenches enjoyable and fresh in nature. It may not be entirely original, but it isn't directly copied from other bands either.


Download: Adrift, Without A Sign, Unraveling
For the fans of: The Bled, I Killed The Prom Queen, The Chariot
Listen: Myspace

Release date 17.08.2009
Stomp Records

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