Words by Alasdair Belling
With Melbourne continuing to produce an overwhelming amount of deathcore, it seems every new Emmure meets Acacia Strain crossover project runs this risk of fading into the pack, lest something exist that allows them to define themselves.
Thankfully, upstarts The Gloom in the Corner seem to have read this brief ahead of cutting their fresh EP, ‘Flesh & Bones’, producing a deeply conceptual work that bristles with unique flavour and a dark carnival-like atmosphere.
Kicking off with guaranteed slam-floor anthem Misanthropic, listeners are introduced to the character of ‘Sherlock Bones’. While this may seem a tad Marvel-ish for all the tattooed roundhouse kickers out there, it’s hard to deny the impact that the song has in getting thing’s going, ushering in some huge riffs that avoid the wank and prioritise the impact.
What Gloom achieve so well here is creating a collection of songs that exist in their own world, that don’t sound too similar to any of the major players. While cuts Peace & closer Can’t Reach The Sun may swerve towards Sworn In territory (by no means a bad thing), the unique blend of piercing synths, electronic layering and the occasional use of the vocoder keeps thing’s firmly in their own…corner (heh).
Additionally, the strong focus on the story of Sherlock Bones, a psychopath committed to asserting abusive control over others, sits at the front of thing’s in a way that skilfully still allows the music to shine, bringing in the extra dimension to the listen. Survivors Guilt dives into the self-inflicted psychological torment of the protagonist, with the music echoing a similar level of paranoid anxiety. Likewise, Bleed You Out offers one of the heaviest cuts on the EP, shedding all melodics and replacing them with deathly shrieks, amplifying the two-faced persona of the character in question.
With thing’s only just really kicking into gear for this outfit, it’s impressive to behold the distinctive sounds that they’ve mustered up here. Mixing unique song-writing ideas with good ol’ breakdowns and pit calls to send any show at the Bendigo or Evelyn Hotel right off, the harmony between artistry and adrenaline here means that it’s possible to listen right through without having to come up for air (as can be the case with records by the likes of stalwarts Graves, Thy Art Is Murder, etc.). Be sure to catch these boys when they hit the road with Cursed Earth this winter- you’re guaranteed to be witnessing something different to your usual moshy support act.
Like what you hear? Purchase your copy of Flesh and Bones here.