It’s been a very long time since I listened to any type of melodic hardcore. 14Left‘s I’ll Destroy You is the band’s first full-length, even though the band has been around for more than a decade. While it’s possible that the music could sound aged, the album is amazing.
Granted, if the music isn’t a style that you enjoy, the screaming vocals may disinterest you, but the recording of each note, verse, and emotion is perfect. I’ll Destroy You’s introduction with “Snakes Molt” is excellent. If presents the core of the band: hardcore highlighted through furious instrumentation and vocals that move between screaming and melody.
A big plus for album is that the songs are distinct. There’s no repetition on any of the songs. My favorite song is “Reminiscence” because it acts like a bridge between the album. A slower, more emotionally intense song, it comes across as a melodic hardcore ballad. The song takes it’s time to present itself through the 4:25 playing time. When it reaches the crescendo in the chorus, it’s an eruption. It’s not a song I expected on the album.
Even though 14Left may only have just released an “official” first album, they have a lot of experience and the album captures their energy and talent. Even is melodic hardcore isn’t your preferred style, it’s definitely an album worth listening to. While the genre may not be as popular as it once was, the album is perfect from start to finish.