No Future

Written by: MAK on 27/09/2017 23:39:53

“Our goal with 'No Future' was to capture the energy and passion of a Conveyer live show on record,” reveals guitarist Ty Brooks as he talks about the Canadian metalcore outfit’s third full-length release, “No Future” — a follow-up to their sophomore album, "When Given Time To Grow", which came out in 2015. Conveyer put their DIY ethics to the side for this new outing when they entered the Silver Bullet Studio in Connecticut back in January with producer Greg Thomas (Shai Hulud, Misery Signals, With Honor) and the band offered the following thoughts regarding the process: "This was the first record that we have ever worked on with a producer and we couldn’t be happier with how it came out. A lot of work went into shaping and re-arranging each song to make them the best that they could be.”

It’s difficult really to exactly place Conveyer’s sound; metallic hardcore or '90s roots metalcore would probably be the best description, as they pull in the hooking aggression and grooves from the likes of Comeback Kid, yet also retain the emotion of bands like Being As An Ocean and the ferocity of, say, Reign Supreme. It’s a nice blend. A song such as "Carrier" brings quirky little catchy elements and clean sung vocals, yet the track is dominated by its chaotic nature, juxtaposed with epic melodic segments. All the while, the follow-up, "Drift", kicks off with up-tempo rhythms, monstrous crunchy riffs and dominant roars that remind me of Underoath’s Spencer Chamberlain.

The emotion described above spreads into the topics explored on the release; for example, "The Whetstone" touches on the difficulties of religious beliefs in relationships, and how they can either bring people together or create a divide between people. Songs like this and "New Low" pour such angst and emotion into the songwriting, and one really gets the feeling that Conveyer has created something that is truly bitter and raw. Yet, while the melodic hardcore elements are a strong factor in the Canadians’ songwriting, it’s the vicious nature of the metalcore present that really pushes through on the rest of this release. "Disgrace", "Levity" and the title track come through with the punchiest of riffs and the sort of pit-starting aggression it’s hard not to want to throw down to. The title track intro does, however, sound exactly like "All in a Year" by Comeback Kid, as per the guitar rhythm in the intro, and the way it is followed by gang shouts.

Stepping up and using a producer takes nothing away from the sound that Conveyer has crafted from previous releases. All it has done is give the band a slightly polished and more professional sound, removing none of the rawness that suits their songwriting so well. This is a ruthless album which takes no prisoners, with each track unloading heaps of passion. What lets the album down, however, is that while there is variety, it’s still quite the blur when you listen to the album in one go. Tracks can fly by and you just don’t notice, yet when heard individually, the tracks are nearly always solid.


Download: Carrier, No Future, The Whetstone
For the fans of: Comeback Kid, Being As An Ocean, Underoath, Reign Supreme
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Release date 23.06.2017
Victory Records

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