Band: Make Them Suffer
Album: How To Survive A Funeral
Label: Rise Records
Location: Perth, Australia
FFO: Currents, Veil of Maya, Gravemind
MTS has gone through some evolution throughout their years. Beginning as a band coming at more of a Deathcore angle, they have slowly progressed into a Metalcore style that still features those disgusting gutturals we all know and love. Some don't like this change, but I personally appreciate it all around. I never think it's a good idea to stay in one exact spot for every album, and the way MTS has moved, they've only gotten better. Within this heavy groove centered sound proves their production is damn near top notch. Highlighting all the right places, and never failing to be a little daring. Overall, a very thick and aggressive tone throughout.
We open this album to an atmospheric piece that lasts about a minute before we truly break into the record with a one liner and a breakdown, “Speak from your heart”. I think this line is meant to tell you what this entire record is all about. Immediately after this intro, we get a call back to their past style with a crazy blast beat opening into ‘Falling Ashes’. All it took was this intro and first song to know what I was getting into. As the album goes on, a few things stand out consistently. Sean is sounding better and more diverse than ever. He also likes to bring in those fast vocals that I enjoy very much. Booka’s cleans are incorporated better than ever. And the flow of each song is so flawlessly orchestrated and unique from each other. Every member of the band seems like they are at their strongest and are jiving together so easily. Even the title track, who’s chorus caught me a little off guard, I quickly adjusted to and realized how beautiful it was. This song prepares you for the follow up, ‘The Attendant’, the slowest song on the album where we get to hear Sean actually sing for the first time ever. This is a very outgoing song, but gave me more goosebumps than any other track. Sean and Booka’s vocals on top of each other mend so well together, giving you a feeling of peace and chaos at the same time. But that’s not how this thing ends. The album wraps up in MTS fashion with a heavy one. ‘That’s Just Life’ has some of my favorite riffs in the entire album. Especially that riff it fades out with, insane. Lyrically, there seems to be a good amount of reflection and pain with some anger at not only others but himself as well.
As any MTS fan knows, they started in the Deathcore arena. Slowly but surely worked their way to where they are now, in which anyone can agree is pretty Metalcore based. Although each album has different stylistic choices, they are each great in their own right. ‘How To Survive A Funeral’ is no different. This album packs a major punch, as any other record, just in a different way than certain past work. Being this thing is only 35 minutes, it’s very easy to start all over once it ends to hear it again.
All I wish is for another 5 to 10 minutes. These 35 minutes go by way too fast for how good each song is. But within that time frame, we are shown a lot of emotion, diversity, and creative power. This might be the most passionate record I’ve ever heard from Make Them Suffer. At the least, they are sounding better than ever to me.
Strongest Song: Drown With Me, Fake Your Own Death
Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/make-them-suffer/421186855