Band : Healer
Album/EP : Into The Fray
Label : InVogue Records
Location : Pennsylvania
FFO : Architects, Wage War, Crystal Lake
When a band releases a debut, you tend to expect something low budget. Something that almost sounds a bit dirty or almost unfinished. That was definitely not the case with Into The Fray. The production right off the bat was pretty top notch thanks to Seger Rauls and Norman Ragan songwriting. Each song was crafted with thought behind it. Not only thought, but pure passion. The kind of passion you feel from someone who has been through some dark shit.
Here’s what sticks out to me the most, Cody’s vocal range. I knew he was super capable of the highest of highs, and the toilet bowl inaudible vocals. But he really went out on a limb and tried a couple new things here. He’s found his mid range, and even his cleans. To me, thats what makes a fantastic vocalist. Don’t get me wrong, I love the caveman one style vocals as well. But yo be able to utilize your range to make people feel the same pain you feel, its outstanding.
I think the mix is perfect. You can really hear all the instruments very well. I’m glad nothing washes out something else. That would ruin the beauty behind the record. Even the electronic/keyboard bits behind some of the tracks are mixed just high enough, to only add and not take away from other parts of the record.
The song structures are what you would expect from metalcore/deathcore. They have a couple verses each. But what I like the most, is that each song has a pretty solid sing a long part. I don’t know about you, but I love a good sing a long. There’s no greater feeling than being able to sing back to the artist, while being surrounded by complete strangers doing the same thing. Clocking in at around 45 minutes (give or take a few), the record seems to move fast. I got so lost in it that I didn’t realize it was over. Each track has an average medium pace. A couple songs a little faster. There’s also a couple songs that are straight ass beaters. You know, those tracks that make you swing your fists and flail like Skrillex trying to fight bees.
The theme is something you kind of heard before. Positivity, rising from a darkness that is bringing you down. Moving from your past towards a better future. Despite that, I needed a record like this. As I write this, I go in and out of a shitty place. Nothing bad, but just blah. I know some of Cody’s struggles since we talk quite often. So to hear that a friend of mine is going through the same thing and knows how I am feeling, makes me hold a special connection to this.
I have played the fuck out of this. The record has just about everything I want. Some ass beating riffs, fantastic sing a longs, and some heavy breakdowns. Its a perfect culmination of the major genres I listen to.
The lyrics are all things everyone in the world can connect to in some way/shape/form. “This is for the outcasts. We are the chosen ones, Beaten up and broken down. Left to be defeated but we pick ourselves up off the ground”. Everyone at some point has felt like that. I love lyrics I can connect to. So as cheesy as I thought this was when Cody first told me about it, I’ve grown to love this record.
My favorite part is the song Alpha. Its just straight forward ass beater. The song perfectly displays the power behind Cody’s deathcore vocals. I have no least favorite part. None. Nothing at all. Since this is their debut, I have nothing to compare it too.
Lets be honest, with what is going on in the world as I write this, we all need some positivity. We all need to know that someone else in the world is out there going through the same thing. Healer has offered up “Into The Fray” in hopes of letting people they are not alone. With songs like “Outcasts”, “Lone Wolf” and “Alpha”, Healer has put out one of the best Metalcore records I never knew I needed. Thank you Cody, Love you big dawg.
Star Rating: 10/10
Strongest Song: Outcasts, Lone Wolf, Alpha