Deathcore has been having a bit of a rough time as of late. With many bands jumping ship of the genre altogether and others sounded rather dated and out of trend, it’s quite nice to come across a band popping up and doing it right. Slaughter To Prevail has been a name floating around the depths of hell for a while now, but with this long awaited debut full length finally set to drop it seems that all the hype surrounding them will be worth it.
The frost tipped bite of all those Russian winters must have rubbed off heavily on Slaughter To Prevail, because they are coursing with unforgiving bitterness on ‘Misery Sermon’. Bringing together classically death metal riffing with splashes of beatdown and metallic hardcore and coating it all in a thoroughly discomforting atmosphere, the band are in frantic and unforgiving form. To control such brutality is a fine art though and there lies the one thing that lets these bruisers down. It’s almost like they get a touch carried away as the ferociousness of the music they are creating takes hold and some offerings start to become a touch overindulgent.
Depending on how much punishment you can take this is far from a bad thing, and it doesn’t stop the utterly dejected ‘Failed Hope’ and bloodcurdling ‘Chronic Slaughter’ from dishing out some of the most disgusting sounds a guitar can make. Once you’ve had a taste, it’s pretty difficult to not go back for more.
‘Misery Sermon’ is old school brutality at its most unsettling. Coursing with utter hatred, Slaughter To Prevail have made a genre designed to be rough round the edges sound polished and thoroughly modern. It’s a hefty pill top swallow in one go, but if you’ve got the appetite you could do a lot worse than succumbing to this brand of evil.
‘Misery Sermon’ by Slaughter To Prevail is released on 5th May on Sumerian Records.
Words by Jack Rogers (@JackMRog)