Hardcore isn't just Punk anymore. Metalcore, Hardcore's brutal progeny, combines elements of Metal (particularly Death Metal) and lower tempo Hardcore. The band Waterdown takes the basic Metalcore schema, and adds powerful elements of Emo to the mix. Their 2003 opus, “The Files You Have On Me” [Victory Records], is the resulting benefit of this union of chaotic forms. And it is good.
Waterdown merges melodic qualities with discordant, brutal Hardcore and killer grooves. The vocals alternate between clean yells and shrill, harsh growls. Rhythms are blasting, with a twisted, sublime aggression.
The best of these killer cuts include “Nails All Broken Short,” “13,” the caustic brilliance of “A Fortress,” “Xerox,” “Disgrace,” and “Decaffeinated.” Waterdown is harsh, eloquent, and dynamic in their assault.
Overall, Waterdown has the edge, skill, and volatility needed to be a great Metalcore band. And is exactly what they are. Stay savage. Farewell.
Related Bands: Thursday, Hatebreed, Earth Crisis, Atreyu, Hoods, A Static Lullaby, A18, Bloodlet, etc.
Keep the faith, and the AGGRESSION. Peace.
Bill Vogel III
Email at: StrangeAeons@hatebox.net
Courtesy of Stranger Aeons Magazine.