Album Review: Make Them Suffer - Neverbloom

22 May 2012 | 8:30 pm | Brendan Crabb

Neverbloom represents a band filled with youthful exuberance, minus the songwriting smarts that obviously come with experience.

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Although winning rave reviews, Perth symphonic deathcore mob Make Them Suffer's debut EP Lord Of Woe was hardly revolutionary. Roadrunner's local office has obviously detected something promising though. Perhaps it was the chance to sign a local equivalent to the marketable likes of Winds Of Plague, Suicide Silence and Emmure. Irrespective, just four years since forming they've been snapped up for their impeccably-produced inaugural full-length.

Neverbloom represents a band filled with youthful exuberance, minus the songwriting smarts that obviously come with experience. There are intriguing parts, just not many memorable songs. It's akin to recent Bleeding Through or Winds Of Plague – including telegraphed breakdowns and seemingly tokenistic female keyboardist. The title track underlines their brutality and ambition, but crams too many ideas and nuances into six frantic, black metal-inflected minutes. Weeping Wastelands and Morrow's riffing and poly-rhythms perhaps borrow a little too obviously from the Meshuggah-inspired djent trend. The sextet is at their most interesting when expanding upon the standard 'core template - otherwise they're listenable, but rather nondescript. The Well adds almost drone and sludge-like influences; Elegies offers Deftones-like melodic sensibilities and ambience amidst orchestrations.

Make Them Suffer would likely be considered just another band in a desperately bloated scene if they were American or European. Their locality gives them an advantage here, but there can be a tendency within the Australian scene to over-hype our own product purely for the sake of it, even when it's not quite up to snuff. They're a competent, if unremarkable band at this point. They should be encouraged though, because they can better this in time.