since Italian progressive deathcore band Despite Exile
released their debut EP Scarlet Reverie
, people have been keeping a close eye on them (including me). It was evident in Scarlet Reverie
that Despite Exile
had potential, and it was only a case of sharpening their music just that little bit to make it seemingly perfect. Well, itâs barely a year later and since their debut EP and yet they have brought before us Re-Evolve
. If anything, Re-Evolve
will continue the evolution of the progressive deathcore genre because Despite Exile
is the superior. When I first heard Scarlet Reverie
, I knew that this band was going to be good. However, I was not prepared for the sheer awesomeness, or magnitude of Re-Evolve
. This, small, miniscule, three track EP has the potential to change everything progressive deathcore has to offer.
To be quite honest, when I first went to check out this EP I was sceptical about how Despite Exile
would capitalize on the already-awesome Scarlet Reverie
EP because from experience, bands that usually pull of excellent fluke debuts tend to slacken off in future releases. But, holy shit, this assumption that I made for Re-Evolve
was completely wrong and itâs now clear that Scarlet Reverie
was not a fluke. As soon as I got past the opening of the first track âOscillateâ, I knew then, that Despite Exile
are back better than ever before. I donât recall hearing any progressive deathcore ever, with as much power and potency as the deathcore on Re-Evolve
is much more powerful and higher quality than anything else Iâve heard, which includes Scarlet Reverie
. Itâs almost as if Despite Exile
have created a new breed or super progressive deathcore, the breed which will hopefully extinguish all inferior breeds and species.
The first thing that hit on Re-Evolve
was the style of progressive deathcore, itâs unlike anything Iâve ever heard. When I think of progressive deathcore I think of bands such as The Contortionist
and The Yellow Sign
, bands which donât have much potency or power to their music. Also, the music doesnât hold itself together well, probably because theyâre going for a pure atmospheric or emotional feel to their music. This is where Despite Exile
comes in because Despite Exile
have the best of both worlds, which is the main reason why I think Re-Evolve
and the Despite Exile
themselves are so great. They have heavy as fuck breakdowns and brutal as fuck pig squeals (obviously influenced from deathcore and death metal) along with beautiful progressive and melodic hardcore guitar work. Iâd like to make an emphasis on the deathcore influence here because it does take priority on Re-Evolve
. Many bands seem to put an emphasis on the fact that theyâre combining deathcore with progressive or melodic influences and as a result, it becomes dull and boring. However, Despite Exile
have put their emphasis on the deathcore element in their music.
Sure, there are only three tracks, and sure this is only an EP, but this packs more punch than some full length progressive deathcore albums. Now thatâs definitely saying something. Well, if I were to make a list of all of the different elements in Re-Evolve
, I would have an extremely large list. The really magical part however (or the part which I think is magical) is how theyâve put all of these components together.
Usually when I listen to progressive deathcore I find that it sounds rather plain and abstract. Abstract
, in the sense that the musical structure itself doesnât follow any kind of path or direction towards a climax, which is little bit confusing sometimes. But when you listen to Re-Evolve
, youâll probably think âyouâre a liar miniradman, this is really confusing to followâ. Yeah, sure, itâs confusing at the beginning, but as you start to settle into the music, you can easily see that it leads up to a climax which is either a heavy ass fucking breakdown or a beautiful atmospheric passage. That being said, there are parts where the musical structure is as confusing as hell. This probably stems from the heavy technical deathcore, or math metal influences in their music. Itâs a little hard to describe with words what it sounds exactly like, but I guess you could say itâs just regular mathcore/metalcore with a really, really heavy progressive deathcore aesthetic. The best thing is that even if you donât like mathcore or metalcore, Despite Exile
shouldnât turn you off.
When it comes to musical talent and production of Re-Evolve
, it is far more superior than Scarlet Reverie
. At least in Scarlet Reverie
you could tell that Despite Exile
was a relatively young band, now, theyâre all grown up and ready to fulfil. They no longer have that childish nature to their music, but sound more mature and serious this time round. I guess the seriousness also stems from the increased production quality of the music. The recording, the mixing and overall production of Re-Evolve
is far better than the production of Scarlet Reverie
. The guitars have more âcrunchâ, the drumming has more âsnapâ and âoomphâ to them and the vocals are raspier and ârawerâ, Re-Evolve
is the better release and considering that Scarlet Reverie
is still one of my favourite debut EPs of all time, thatâs big.
There really isnât much to say about Re-Evolve
, other than it really pushes the boundaries of the progressive deathcore genre and itâs almost perfection. I think Re-Evolve
would appeal to pretty much every single -core fan out there. Like Iâve mentioned before, there are three tracks and all of them are worth playing. âOscillateâ is the technical and deathcorish opening to the EP, âPerfection Neutralizedâ has an atmospheric (yet powerful), progressive and mathcorish style sound to it and âMechanicalâ is the heavy as fuck track on the EP. So for first time listeners, take your pick. I think that all bands, if they are around enough, all have their time for greatness but I have a feeling the Despite Exile
âs time is very, very soon. Re-Evolve
is defiantly the perfect stepping stone towards an epic full length. I canât wait to hear what they have in the future for us!