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1 November 2010

Your Demise - The Kids We Used To Be

8.0
After a period of instability for Your Demise, one of the leading lights in the UKs current blossoming hardcore scene, including the departure of previous vocalist George Noble for personal reasons, The Kids We Used To Be was always going to divide opinion. With ex-Centurion frontman, Ed McRae now behind the mic, the band have produced an album of abrasive and at times melodic hardcore punk an intentional change from the metallic style of the previous two albums, You Only Make Us Stronger and Ignorance Never Dies. Whilst this new direction may leave fans of the earlier emasculated style short-changed, it is impossible to deny the artistic ground the band have made both musically and lyrically.

That is not to say, however, that the anger is lost. In fact, quite the opposite; this could be the most passionate of Your Demises recorded material yet. McRaes more natural vocal style exudes emotion to an extent that Nobles technical scream never reached. Twinned with lyrical content that shies away from typically immature and hate-fuelled standoffishness, it could easily be said that this is a far more pure hardcore album. It is difficult to listen to Miles Aways melancholy chant of Im alone, alone, alone; so alone without getting a sense that the vocalist has laid out his soul for all to hear. The songs fast drumbeat, melodic guitars and gang vocals couple with the lyrics to produce one of the albums highpoints.

In terms of the guitar, a more tuneful approach is taken to the previous albums. The metal-based desire to place breakdowns in almost every song is dropped, keeping an overriding sense of hardcores punk routes throughout all eleven tracks. When the albums only true breakdown drops in Shine On, its effect is simply enhanced by this, in a similar manner to Gallows Misery on the acclaimed 2009 album, Grey Britain. Technically, Stuart Paices guitar skill has certainly grown, with Scared of the Light containing a level of playing which had not up to that point been reached by the band. Otherwise, however, the song doesnt quite live up to the standard set by the rest of the album, portraying too much of a return to a relatively passionless and overproduced metalcore style.

Another new element, and the one which will perhaps divide most opinion, is the bands decision to employ the use of clean, sung vocals in some tracks. Rather than deciding to try McRaes own hand (or larynx) at this, the band have acquired some hired help. Lower Than Atlantiss Mike Duce cameos in Life of Luxury with an incredibly catchy refrain, as does Devil Wears Pradas Mike Hranica in the albums title track. The latters gang-vocal-led melody makes for a song which is impossible to hear once, and will find the listener returning again and again. Once again, the song provides a perfect medium for McRaes more melancholy lyrical sentiment to shine through with such lines as Standing outside our homes watching the sun come up, 5AM never looked so beautiful. Whilst perhaps not adhering to hardcore purists genre-by-numbers perception of how the style should sound, it is certain that these touches will gain Your Demise a new wave of fans, in the most positive way possible.

Ultimately, The Kids We Used To Be, whilst stepping outside of the box, is a hardcore record; and a great one at that. Throughout, a relentlessly energetic emotional charge is retained, without losing the heavily distorted guitar sound which gained Your Demise their initial fanbase. McRae has in many ways reinvigorated a band which was previously stuck in an overly-confrontational and violent mire of hate-hardcore. With the albums opening scream of Your Demise, two-thousand and ten, bitch! the vocalist seems to lay the band bare, representing them in the manner they wish to be interpreted; as a fun yet melancholy, heavy yet melodic example of one of the UKs most exciting music scenes. If the purists dont like this, Your Demise wont be sparing any time for them; especially not when the mainstream inevitably beckons.

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Matthew

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Chris says...

An excellent review, incisive and eloquent.

alex says...

good review,, although a few points, mike hranica appears on the song "Shine on" not th title track. Also apart from Life of luxury, Ed does all the other clean vocals

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