REJECT THE SICKNESS “Chains of Solitude”
Band comes from two big Belgian cities – Ghent and Bruges. As on conditions of this not so big country both cities are located quite far away from each other. So regular rehearsals must be a little problem for musicians, I guess. But it’s their problem… Anyway, band was formed in 2007/2008 and there play five guys: Floris (Desmet) – bass, Pipijn (Desmet) – lead guit, Ruben (Van der Beken) – rhythm guit, Guy (Vercruysse) – voc and Jannick Govaert – dr. It’s almost original line-up, anyway.
“Chains of Solitude” is their debut album. Before guys released only EP entitled “Bloodstained Eyes” in 2013 and that’s it. So it’s not lot as for 8 years of existence, don’t you?!? Especially that we had only two changes in line-up since the beginning of “REJECT THE SICKNESS”. But quality is more important than number in my opinion. To be honest when I read word “Metalcore” in describing of what they play I begun to afraid a little. It doesn’t matter that this word was on second place… Fortunately with every another listening I’m more and more sure that even if there’re some elements of Metalcore then they’re really minimal! For me this is good news, anyway. For me we have with Death Metal to do during these eleven songs. YEAH, maybe vocal is a little untypical sometimes, but…
We have here two guitars, so riffs are very often various. I mean both Pipijn and Ruben play something a little different. One of them uses heavy, quite fast and rather repeatable ones. It doesn’t means of course that they’re all the time the same! We can say that he makes brutality here. Second plays in more variable way. He pitches his instrument in other way – sound is silkier, let’s say. From time to time we also have possibility to hear some solo, tin whistles, a little twisted riffs or classic guitar. Drums run in rather calm way (as on Death Metal). Of course there’re some speed ups, interesting passages and so on. But in general Jannick doesn’t beat records of speed. Guy sings mostly by growling, a little in old Dutch style. His clean voice we can hear rarely and it’s short. Exception is “Alone” where he sings in some despair, maybe a little teary, but surely dark way. Aösp beginning of “Hopeless” is in the same vein.
In general it’s good Death Metal album. Belgians give a proof that there’s still many to do in this subgenre of our beloved music. It’s nothing very discovering, but surely something fresh, anyway.
(c) Bart Tomaszewski (SEPULCROS PROD)