Heart of a Coward were a band that surprised me, I’d heard some demos of their early material and really wasn’t impressed. Although this may be partly due to the fact I was still reeling from vocalist Jamie’s recent departure from Sylosis after their album Conclusion of an Age, which is one of my favourite metal albums of all time. But when I got round to listening to their debut album Hope and Hindrance, I was blown away. The riffs were tight, the Jamie’s vocals even more powerful than I remembered and the production was huge. Out of nowhere it was one of my most listened to albums of that year.
After many spins of that album and much head banging I was excited for new music by the young band from the UK. First single Deadweight didn’t do much for me as it was a tad to raw and hardcore for my tastes, but in my opinion Nauseam is a tour de force of modern metalcore/djent/whatevercoreyouseefitcore.
The track opens to a nifty little guitar line which does a great job of sounding like a synth before the expected brutality starts. The guitar parts are layered nicely and intertwine for an interesting verse – not quite your standard chugging affair. Jamie sounds like a man possessed throughout spewing lines such as ‘Where will you go/Cause every bridge fucking burns’ and ‘The enemy lives inside of me’ with so much aggression you’d have thought someone would’ve stolen his copy of GTA 5.
Some peoples criticisms of this kind of music is the potentially inane breakdown, and whilst the odd one crops up here it doesn’t feel stale or overplayed without doing anything revolutionary.
The end of the track re-introduces the cool guitar line I mentioned earlier and then finishes. At 3 minutes and 43 seconds, this song doesn’t outstay its welcome and packs a mighty punch, which I think is a great way of teasing the rest of the album.
To that end, I’m quite looking forward to their second full length album Severance which is out on November 4h to see how they have progressed.
I give Nauseam a 4/5