Monday, July 23, 2012

Today's Hard on BFP Music: Iscariot by Defeated Eden

~ James Hawkins

Defeated Eden is a progressive metal/hard rock band from Albertville Alabama. The band formed in May of 2009 drawing influences from a wide variety of music including many different genres consisting of Metal, Metal-core, Hard Rock, Experimental, Math-Core Metal, Classical, Blues, Djent, Classic Rock, Inde, Punk, and Psychedelic.

Album: Iscariot

Song one: So Hard To See - a spirited opener, has a "here we go now" feeling of forward propulsion. It's anthemic, a bit of Iron Maiden meets Children Of Bodom. The vocals are mostly melodic/clean, and do not sound auto-tuned. I hope they stick to their guns about the no AutoTune.

What is it about metalcore growls that's different from death metal growls? Death metal vocals tend to be more about the sound, texture. Not angry - more demonic, feral, maybe even a bit detached - occasionally reptilian. By Contrast, metalcore harsh vox make me feel that they are definitely supposed to sound EMOTIVE. As in, angry, forceful. Which, from a 17-20 year old, can sound a bit strident at times. By contrast, the clean-sung vocals tend to sound more detached and cool-temperatured. You notice the melody more than you think about the character or mood of the person singing them.

Uh oh, on Simple Message at 2:19, here comes the AutoTune. At that point I thought I was going to hear a lot of AutoTune, but after that I didn't hear it anymore, so it was an anomaly.

These guys can definitely play. There is some natural swing going on in the guitars (which I like), but they are playing some tricky parts, and they play them with alacrity and aplomb (as George Gobel used to say).

The song Eve starts with a breakdown. For the uninitiated, breakdowns are as intergal to metalcore as High Fructose Corn Syrup is to white bread. I imagine that some years ago, a well-inteded 'core band decided to add a chuggy halftime section to make their thrashy death metal song more intense and dynamic. And when they did, a bunch of kids with white belts and combovers broke into spontaneous faux martial arts moves. And the venue owner said "when can we get you guys back??" And the world would never be the same.

Endless Calamity has some tricky time changes and tight two-part vocal harmonies. The drummer is really good.

Fidelis Eternus has clean, dynamic, arppegiated guitar, with spoken vocals. This song and Blood Of Our Statues are the most experimental, non-typical songs offered here, and the most compelling to listen to.

Overall, this is technically solid and proficcient stuff. I would love to see them branch out and become more experimental, breaking out of the stylistic confines of this genre. But if metalcore is your thing, these guys deliver the goods.


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