2016 was certainly the year for reunions. We had everyone from Blenderhead to Hopesfall to Advent. 2016 also saw the reunion of Metalcore giants, Destroy the Runner and the release of their new EP, Void.
“Bloom” is a great way to start off the EP. The track has the old-school Metalcore mentality, alongside violins in the intro and programming all throughout. The track fades out into “End Transmission”. “End Transmission” was the album’s first single. The track starts off with some high pitched screams and continues the old-school Metalcore sound. The song did shock me with an expletive and got me thinking. The line made me wonder if the band didn’t want to be associated with Christianity anymore. Though some bands have used this word in their songs and have remained Christian. Maybe DTR will address this one day. Who knows? All I know, is the track certainly doesn’t disappoint.
“Underwater” seems to exhibit some emotional Metalcore/post-hardcore and the occasional Deathcore vocals. The track certainly brings to mind bands like My Heart to Fear and Fit for a King with their most recent releases. The track is about 5 minutes long, most of which is clean vocals. XXI is another band that comes to mind when you listen to this track. “Glass Sky” definitely brings the heavy Attack Attack!/For Today sounding guitars with the clean vocals, followed by the Harsh/Unclean vocals. The track is pretty heavy. “I AM YOU!!!”
“Ivory” starts off very slowly and melodically, with violins, keyboards, and melodic sounding guitars… and then kicks in with some incredible brutality and layered vocals (love it). The song is pretty chaotic. Not like math metal or anything, just so much is happening and not in different time signatures. Around 3 minutes it becomes melodic, and then returns to the chaos. Legit track. It kind of reminds me of Haste the Day’s Coward. “Born To Hate” doesn’t disappoint. Melodic, brutal, emotional. What more could you want from a metal track? The track even gives a For Today sounding pre-breakdown buildup. With the title “Born to Hate”, the track is almost guaranteed to be heavy, and in this case it certainly is.
Void is probably the most melodic album I’ve heard this year. The EP definitely is going to bring back old fans and bring in new ones. Go buy this sucker!
For those who like: XXI, My Heart To Fear, Fit For A King, Haste the Day