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Band's list Metalcore Northlane Singularity
CD, Released date : 22 March 2013 - UNFD
Style: Metalcore

RATING SOM : 18/20
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Tracklist
1. Genesis 01:36
2. Scarab 03:07
3. Windbreaker 03:44
4. Worldeater 03:50
5. Quantum Flux 04:04
6. Dream Awake 04:17
7. The Calling 03:12
8. Masquerade (ft. Drew York of Stray from the Path) 03:33
9. Singularity 03:46
10. Aspire 03:46
Total playing time 37:42

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    Satanicarchangel, Thursday 08 August 2013 Talk to your friends  
Painfully Average

I never thought a Djenty Metalcore band with the occasional atmospheric break could cause such fervent resentment from within me but for some reason Northlane drive me up the wall. Whether that's from the painfully generic vocal performance to the lackluster musicianship, Singularity irritates me much more than I would have thought possible.

The major problem I have with Northlane is that everything feels incongruous, the vocal styling doesn't mix with the music, the growls and screams don't go well together and the breakdowns are painfully uninspired and out of place. From the introduction I could instantly tell I was on a bumpy road, opening with a Djent breakdown which is painfully average before erupting into Bring Me The Horizon inspired yelling. It's an awful introduction and doesn't set this album up well at all.

The first proper track Scarab shows us the musical direction that Northlane want to take, Metalcore with Djent styling and the occasional Nu Metal influence. The mix is horrendous. The music consists of some mildly technical lead work buried under way too many generic Metalcore riffs with an insipid vocal performance and the occasional Nu Metal inspired chorus. The Djent grooves are relied on way too much for my liking in Singularity, replacing the real riffs almost entirely, ruining whatever technical prowess might be hidden with Singularity. Alongside the Djent grooves, there's far too many breakdowns for my liking, adding even more boredom onto the album, creating a wholly uninteresting and uninspired listen that quickly wears thin before the introduction even finishes.

I'm really struggling to see what Northlane tried to accomplish with this one. On one hand of the spectrum they seem content to be worshiping at the feet of Bring Me The Horizon with the vocal and guitar work. On the other hand of the spectrum they try to appeal to the Djent fans with occasional clean interludes and a lot of Djent riffing. It's a strange combination and one that doesn't work well together. Whilst I can gladly admit that the musicians are competent enough at what they are doing and they're probably quite technically proficient enough at it the problem is that they're not pushing themselves. The music is painfully simple by Djent standards, using way too many Djent riffs with the occasional progressive Metalcore riffs thrown over them. It's a mix that has been done to death before, and admittedly been done a whole lot better as well. Some of the chiming ethereal lead work that Northlane play just simply doesn't work well with the Djent blueprints. Worldeater is the worst offender where the lead plays a suitably melodic lead that gets buried under dense and heavily layered Djent riffs that completely ruin whatever atmosphere the song could have created.

The thing with Northlane is that whilst there are sections that show that they could have been onto something quite nice, the rest of the time their music is excruciatingly average and generic. Taking cues from a number of different bands, with the most noticeable influence being Bring Me The Horizon. The Djent elements sound ripped directly from Volumes, being simple and powerful with harmonized leads floating over them. Yet whilst I like Volumes for the way they can mix powerful Djent grooves with melodious sections, the way in which Northlane does it sounds weak and flat. Lacking the passion and vigor that Volumes has.

Whilst Northlane are quite clearly competent song writers, the problem for me is that they wear their influences too clearly on their sleeves. There's no ounce of originality on Singularity and that for me is a big problem, of course bands in any genre will take influence from more well known and accomplished bands. Northlane take too much from other bands, not adding their own unique identity into their sound. The whole thing just sounds regurgitated and way too familiar, this style has been overused to the point that it's beyond repair. Northlane are just riding along the path that previous bands have paved for them, yet instead of deviating from the path, even just a little to add something that is their own Northlane just rip off a bunch of other bands ranging from Djent to Metalcore/Deathcore to Nu Metal. Singularity is far too familiar and safe for my liking, there's not enough passion and vigor put into this one, creating a very boring and irritating listen. Singularity is one of the most infuriating listening experiences I've heard in a long time and I would advise everyone, even fans of Djent/Metalcore to avoid this and get something that is actually worth your time. Singularity is a faceless clone in an ocean of faceless clones. I don't think I could bare to listen to this a third time. I'm out.




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