Perhaps I should accentuate the positive at the outset. DEPTH, Norfolk’s post-hardcore four-piece have attracted positive comment from the likes of Kerrang! and Big Cheese magazines.
So I’m quite sure neither they nor their fans will give a stuff about what I have to say: I don’t get it!
It’s all down to personal taste, of course. But this does little for me. Throughout the twelve tracks (forty-seven minutes) the music / instrument playing is great. Loud, raucous and tight sounding, it races and rages along with a ferocity that is offset my some pleasant harmony.
However, it’s the vocal style that I can’t be doing with. It amounts to little more than a seemingly totally unrelated wail. It doesn’t really marry up with the backing music. Not to my ears anyway. It’s almost like two distinct songs being fought out by rival musicians.
At one point – the intro to track number three, ‘ Hero With A Half Life’ – I got a little excited as it starts out with more of a hardcore growl ….. but it doesn’t last and this tactic is used sparingly and more in a backing role.
I’m not going to say much more because it’s not for me to say whether this is a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ album. I know some will love it – as evidenced in the feedback from the big-hitting magazines mentioned at the outset – but I’m afraid I don’t.
Judge for yourself – here’s the video for the track ‘True Escape’ which apparently received great airplay from Lava TV.
(Released through all digital stores on 6th June 2011)