And Hell Followed With - Proprioception (Earache/Riot)

And Hell Followed With have generated a bit of a buzz of late with their 'Murder City mayhem'. But do these bruisers from Detroit, Michigan live up to the hype? Does the music substantiate the reputation or is it all a bit of PR bollocks?
Release Date: 
26 Jul 2010 - 8:30am

 

Instrumental opener Mara showcases some pretty hearty skinsmanship from Billy Knofsinger, with dual guitarists Kyle McIlmurray and Pat Hahn dutifully grinding out a selection of power chords and widdly-widdly interludes as focus track This Night Is The Coroners bursts into life. Mind you, as the chanting of 'My hands around your throat, your teeth embedded in my flesh' starts, it sounds far too much like Austrian Death Machine's I Need Your Clothes, Your Boots and Your Motorcycle to be taken as seriously as I'm sure it's meant.

And Hell Followed With wear their deathcore tag with pride and that's clear throughout Proprioception; the sub-unique mix of punishing blastbeats and breakdowns will bring any die hard death metal fan to tears. There are elements of other genres that creep in to this album and often there's a hardcore tangent to the guitar sound and Nick Holland's vocal style. 

Deadworld Reclamation has a more progressive feel in places but if you've heard The Black Dahlia Murder's What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse, chunks of this track will sound pretty familiar. In fact, there are obvious comparisons between Holland and genre-benchmark-vocalist Trevor Strnad throughout Proprioception. With In Vastness, I Transfigure, the album takes a much more melodic turn (albeit briefly) but this is a particularly strong song, followed by Rotting Procession which has some of the best drum work I've heard in this genre. 

There's a merry mix of 'head down, fucking get stuck in' pit music, down-tuned headbanging riffs and too-fast-to-really-do-anything-to breaks throughout this album - songs like VenomSpitter are a truly insane combination of the lot - and it's a powerful deathcore experience. The difficulty lies in the fact that it's not extraordinary. It's as heavy and fast as an American at a limited-time-only, all-you-can-eat pizza buffet, but aside from this it does leave you wanting. With recent albums by Anima and Woe of Tyrants crowding the deathcore scene, and with Whitechapel's A New Era of Corruption around the corner, there's a chance Proprioception may not get the attention it deserves.

It does stink of intent though and if the live show is as angry as the album, prepare for teeth to be broken in a town near you soon. I for one can't wait.

Proprioception is out on July 26th through Earache