Sydney metalcore exponents BiV don't much care whether you like them or not.
Now seven years and four 'proper' albums into their career, they've whethered a veritable tsunami of abuse from keyboard warriors the world over of a 'not metulz' stripe, flicking the abuse away like so much dandruff off a teenaged headbangers shoulder and getting on with the more important task of rocking the collective worlds of those who do appreciate them.
That portion of the Metal community looks set to sizeably increase with the advent of Faceless. Put simply, Buried In Verona have come up with nigh on the perfect modern hard rock/Metal album, rammed full of the requisite number of electronica burps n' farts to keep the truly hip happy whilst still packing a massive punch where it really matters to appease the more tradiotional Metal fan that might come across them as they go about their business.
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And in the tracks 'Illuminate' and 'Set Me On Fire' they have a brace of tracks that have the melody, melodic smarts and metallic thunder to cross over to where so many metalcore bands would secretly love to be – the mainstream.
'Set Me On Fire' is a revelation, sitting amongst the angst and raving delirium that you'd expect from an album like this, it absolutely radiates hope and positivity via the gift of the ringing, almost Edge-like guitars of Richie Newman and Daniel Gynn; It's a glorious piece of work, it's grandeur amplified by the spine tingling vocal of Brett Anderson, and it deserves recognition on a worldwide scale.
It's probably a bit disindenuous to focus just on the more melodic aspects of this record, of course; Those two songs are just part of the broader picture, which for the most part is unremitting heaviness. However - and this is refreshing to be able to report – this heaviness always has a purpose, rarely resorting to the gratuitous bludgeon so many bands of this ilk find themselves resorting to, and always with the sufficient hint of melody you need to keep things interesting.
'Faceless' is a very well put together record. And in their cover of 'Faceless', they even make the atrocious Godsmack an interesting listening proposition for a few minutes – no mean feat in itself.
'Faceless' is a rare thing in the over saturated world of metalcore – an interesting record – and, whatever your standpoint on this band, it deserves your attention.