It’s fair to say that deathcore hasn’t always had the best reputation in the metal scene; whether that’s entirely deserved or not is another argument entirely but it’s safe to say the statement is entirely unwarranted. Deathcore-by-numbers has plagued the scene since shortly after its inception from seminal bands like The Red Chord and Job For A Cowboy’s now classic Doom EP. In recent years there has been a significant shift away from the heavily-layered guttural/high vocals and constant breakdowns to a sound that incorporates more elements from symphonic aspects through to black metal and with fourth full-length Hell Will Come For Us All, Aversions Crown are here to prove deathcore isn’t a one-breakdown pony.
Opener ‘The Soil’ opts for a somewhat quieter, menacing first few seconds before furious blastbeats and tremolo riffing with caustic roars assault the senses.The frantic pace continues with searing followup ‘Born In The Gutter’ that only lets up on the speed to flatten with its gargantuan chorus and also features discordant notes to amp up the menacing atmosphere.
The band clearly have more death metal DNA in their veins than seen at first glance but it’s their balancing of this with the more usual trappings of deathcore that has allowed them to really hone their edge and this is no more apparent than on the title track. A tour-de-force of apocalyptic fury, it opens with slow, pounding drums before launching into a swirling maelstrom of blasts and blackened tremolo picking. The opening motif reoccurs throughout when the band bring their biggest guns to bear on the titanic chorus that’s heavier than tectonic plates shifting with some understated, but no less impactful double bass drumming.
Hell Will Come For Us All puts on a clinic in muscular, brute force aggression but one that rewards repeat listens with its use of blackened elements, tempo and ironclad structures, each track moving between acts to form a cohesive whole. The album is underpinned by a thoroughly sinister atmosphere that occasionally erupts into sheer, vicious blasts but also contrasts this with slower, menacing sections that just ooze violence. It’s an album that has been a good few years in the making and the payoff is obvious - the band are more polished, the songs play with tempo, structure and best of all, expectations, to deliver a career-best album that bristles with malevolence and tightly-controlled chaos that soundtracks the modern world all too well.