Hard rock and heavy metal are arguably doing better than they have in years right now, ironically enough, and you needn’t look much further than the pulsating beat of the underground to know what I’m talking about. Bands like Sin for Saints are bringing the best elements of metalcore, post-hardcore, classic heavy metal, and furious punk rock simplicity together in a marvelous aesthetical mashup that critics aren’t even bothering to brand with silly nicknames, and in the new single “Death Eater,” listeners can count on finding a treat that exemplifies the best parts of this emerging hybrid movement.
The lyricism here is straight-up but not devoid of an alternative rock-style inventiveness that has been missing from the metal community for the better part of the last five years, but I wouldn’t tether the emotionality of the narrative to post-emo theatrics by any means. There’s really too much focus on the brawn of the instruments to call this anything other than a modern metalcore crossover, and considering the lack of depth most of Sin for Saints’ competition are rocking right now, I don’t think it’s ever going to be much of a question as to who has the purer strain of heavy music.
There’s clearly some punk influence over the fluidity of this single, but it’s not as visible in the cosmetics as the metallic edging is. The guitar parts would be drowning out the vocal were it not for the buffering we’re getting off of the bass, and never does it feel like we’re listening to a barebones composition simply dressed up in overdrive, as has been the case browsing a lot of the other bands in this crew’s scene at the moment. You can be efficient without stripping your sound of color, and Sin for Faints are making a point of that here.
This master mix is pretty slickly put together, and it spotlights the muscularity of the music quite epically. There’s no synthetic boosting for the vocal, but our singer is still able to keep up with the grind of the melodic instrumentation quite marvelously. The flow of the band is incredible, and I get the feeling that it would be even more amazing than it is here in a live performance. This is a group built for the stage, and the swagger they’re throwing around in “Death Eater” more than verifies as much inside of the first few bars in the song.
I’m intent on seeing these guys on tour the next time they hit the road, but until then I think that Sin for Saints present a rather solid depiction of who and what they are as a band in “Death Eater.” There’s no self-consciousness or uncertainty in their drive here – there’s just a group that knows how to play off of each other really well, and they’re using that chemistry to gut-punch the audience with as much melodic noise as they can put forth without breaking the speakers you’re listening to “Death Eater” with right now.
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