Feed The Rhino

The Silence

Written by: MAK on 31/05/2018 23:52:08

Since the last Feed The Rhino release back into 2014, life have been somewhat of a rollercoaster for the Kent hardcore outfit. From performing on the main stage at the iconic Reading and Leeds festival in 2015 to spending a year in hiatus shortly after to focus on out of band priorities, cancelling a supporting role on a SiKth tour in the process. Highs and lows, but the band return in full swing with “The Silence”, picking up where they left off with “The Sorrow and the Sound” and expanding on the journey towards appealing more for a mainstream audience.

“The Sorrow and the Sound” teased a break from the mathy hardcore that we’ve come to know Feed The Rhino for, after all from the very beginning of this band’s career they sounded just like the English clone of Every Time I Die. With the third album there was a more melodic approach to the songwriting, now on “The Silence”, the Kent lads expand on that and better it, pushing more towards writing songs that will appeal to wider audiences, more melody, more hooking choruses and simplified musicianship.

Don’t worry though, the technicality and ferocity remain intact. “Lost In Proximity” for one is a prime example that no edge is lost. It has the typical metalcore style heaviness and groove, the vicious angst in the verse, however, balanced out by a catchy sing-along chorus. Though it’s the opening song that eases us into a more tuneful Feed The Rhino with headbang-worthy riffage that would make Mastodon proud, topped off by Lee Tobin’s throaty vocals shouting “MIRROR MIRROR MIRROR” erratically. The melodic chorus is then uplifting and inviting anyone to join. It’s a nice combo showcasing both sides of the Kent outfit.

“Losing Ground” comes in as pure slow-burner, the kind of emotional hit to get the lighters in the air, with Tobin unveiling he can sing beautifully, not just tear his vocals apart. It’s a pretty epic alt-rock song that crescendo’s, building from the soft and calm musicianship to something a bit more hard hitting towards the end. “All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy” is a steady heavy rock track, all ferocity from the punchy grooves to the vicious vocal talent. The intent of this song is nothing more than to cause chaos. The Shining reference in the title is also brilliant. It’s one of the standout songs on the album, as well as the pure banger in “Featherweight”, the irony is that this song is all heavyweight material. The heavy riffage that sounds very similar to a combination of early Linkin Park songs, “Forgotten” and “By Myself”, the groove just makes it irresistible for you to nod your head.

“The Silence” is more of an alt-rock album with hardcore tendencies than it is a hardcore album, the choruses and the softer approach ensures that it’s an album that is for those that love to sing loudly and for those who love to rock the hell out. None of the outright heaviness is lost, there is just less of it, leaving room for Feed The Rhino to prove there is more beneath the surface. After such a long wait for a new album, the anticipation was high, and they deliver an album that not many of us truly expected. It was a nice surprise and an eye opener that this band has tons more to offer us, Feed The Rhino are just scratching the surface of their true potential as a heavy band.


Download: Featherweight, All Work and No Play Makes Jack A Dull Boy
For The Fans Of: Every Time I Die, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Zoax
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Release date 16.02.2018
Century Media

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