, deathcore, deathcore, a genre of metal which currently is populated by young bands and young musicians who have high hopes and ambitions, attempting to become âthe next big thingâ. You donât see many sixteen or seventeen year olds starting new black or death metal bands out there, which explains this (well, as far as Iâm aware there arenât many around). In other words (and put into a more colloquial manner), in deathcore, there are many wannabes out there who reckon that they have what it takes to be the best, which means outdoing the current deathcore juggernauts i.e. ; Suicide
, Chelsea Grin
, etc, etcâŠ the list can go on and on. But the unfortunate fact is that, THEY ARENT the best. Sadly deathcore is one of those genres full of young kids try to either; emulate their favourite bands (such as the ones mentioned before) or be innovative, which superficially, isnât a bad thing, but considering the lack of knowledge that the majority of these young musicians (AKA. n00bs) itâs safe to assume that the majority of these âinnovationsâ will never make it off the ground and sound like shit. As a result of this, many of those who were previous fans, have lost hope in the deathcore genre. Luckily for us, Bound by Exile
have come to save the day. They are proof that gems still exist and there is still hope in the deathcore scene. If I had enough money, I would buy ten duotrigintillion copies of Defilement
(for those who donât know, thatâs a â1â followed by a hundred zeros) and send a copy to each of these âwannabeâ bands so they can be shown how deathcore is really doneâŠ and of course I would keep a few spare copies for myself.
Bound by Exile
, one of the bands currently shaking the living shit out of the underground scene with their super heavy deathcore sound. I think the main attraction (and the reason why Bound by Exile
have the reputation of being one the best) is the fact that they have adopted a more âtrueâ style of deathcore. You know; old Whitechapel
, old All Shall Perish
, old Animosity, old Job For a Cowboy, that kind of style. There is none of this progressive bullshit which can sometimes contaminate a half decent sounding deathcore in Bound by Exile
âs music which is a massive plus in my book. Lately, Iâve been reading about how some people are complaining and bitching about âoh, why donât they make breakdowns like they used to?â or âoh my god, this new progressive/djent/ambient/hardcore/grindcore/post-avant deathcore band sucks, just give me some normal deathcore!â well, Bound by Exile
and their EP Defilement
may just be the answer to their prayers. Itâs quite hard to fully describe how Bound by Exile
have brought back âgood oleâ deathcoreâ from the ashes or the hands of ignorant children, but the word âawesomeâ can be used to describe this description (if that makes sense). The breakdowns- heavy as fuck, the atmosphere- brutal as fuck and the general aesthetic of Defilement
is simply awesome as fuck. What more could you want!
In 2010, Bound by Exile
released their debut EP titled âOppression
â and for those who have heard Oppression
, youâll notice a few changes in Defilement
. The first difference that struck me were the vocals, they seem to have a little bit more depth and character this time round which packed a hell of a lot more punch into the overall quality of the music. In Oppression
, they seemed rather one-dimensional and monotone (even though they were still awesome) but now, they appear to be; raspier, more gutturally and more loyal towards the hardcore influences in deathcore (especially the growls). Another clear change was the overall texture of the music and production of Defilement
itself. The drumming has a deeper tone and the guitars sound a lot darker and thicker also which gives their sound a somewhat sense of real authenticity, rather than the simulation back in Oppression
. Everything sounded high pitch and sort of âsimulatedâ in Oppression
, Iâm not sure if that was due to the difference of production quality of Oppression
in comparison to Defilement
or if the band was going for that effect at the time. Either way, Defilement
is completely different, now there is certain smoothness to their music which tends to carry itself a lot better. However, I think the most important change to point out is their song structure. Theyâve clearly put some thought into the crafting of Defilement
, they havenât just thrown a few deathcoreish riffs in here and there with the occasional breakdown and incoherent drumming and vocals. This is 100% legitimate hand crafted, authentic, premium deathcore which doesnât come around very often.
Hmmm, I know what youâre probably thinking âoh boy here we go, another boring ass underground band who is trying to bring back shitty old boring deathcore by making shitty old boring generic deathcoreâ. Well, first of all to those who are thinking this, fuck you because Bound by Exile
kicks ass and second of all, even though Bound by Exile
may take 90% of its influence from a more primitive approach to deathcore, the way the music is delivered/executed is stylish and modern and in a sense, quite original (well, I havenât heard anything quite like it). There is one particular moment in the track âSick of It
â (during a breakdown) where there is obviously some computerized manipulation going on but it manages to still sound natural and uncontaminated. This is probably the pinnacle reason why Bound by Exile
is arguably one of the best underground bands out there today.
Another thing that I love about Bound by Exile
is that they showcase what real deathcore is all about, not only in their music but also their general nature too. They have that âin your faceâ attitude which seems to be absent from many newer bands. I mean, how many albums/demos/EPs have a track title like âYou're Old News Now Cuntâ. This shows that Bound by Exile
arenât making music for the sake of making music, theyâre making music it because they WANT to make awesome deathcore which can be adored by awesome deathcore fans.
is definitely one of my favourite EPs and is quite significant in three ways; first of all, it proves that there is still hope in the underground scene, it proves that old deathcore doesnât equate to boring deathcore and finally, wellâŠ it kicks arse. These are all excellent reasons for why Bound by Exile
is one of the best deathcore bands to date. I recommend Defilement
to those who are into the heavier side of deathcore, have had enough of all the technical, progressive and avant-garde shit that spoils half of the underground scene and also to those who enjoy bands not taking themselves too seriously. Although I do have one complaint about Defilement
though, ITâS TOO SHORT! There is only a total of 4 tracks on this EP and all of them are equally as great but if youâre looking for a particular track to listen to, I recommend either; âSick of It
â or âDesecrateââŠ theyâre both awesome. I give Bound by Exile
an 18/20 and I cannot wait for a full length from them which hopefully comes out later this year.