Welcome to Noise Creator’s New Noise column where we tell you about the best up and coming bands we think everyone will be talking about soon. By Bobby Benedict
Launching into metalcore cliches like “bone crushing” or “brutal” would be a disservice to the core of this band. It’s almost impossible to ignore the members’ other projects, especially when they are bands as big as We Came As Romans, Assassins, and Taproot. Crucible is the union of select members of those previous bands wanting to make a beast more formidable, a chimera of metalcore, hardcore, and a touch of nu metal. Who else would a band this heavy work with other than metal heavyweight Nick Sampson on their debut EP “The Trials” which you can catch on Spotify.
The guitars tone cuts sharp through the atmospheric buzz and the drums pound clearly into the heart of each song. Despite Crucible sharing 3 members with We Came As Romans and Sampson’s previous involvement in producing them, their partitions are clearly defined. Crucible is heavy, like a real crucible, separating the impurities from the metal. This strive to dissolute the melody from the message shows in the lyrics, in the instrumentation, and in the production. This EP kicks and I guarantee that Nick Sampson worked to take the striations of this band’s sound and work it into what we hear as Crucible. Check out Sampson’s profile to see the other artists he’s worked with and what he’s done for them.
The Trials EP itself is like a deposition from the band on what they think is hamstringing our culture and enfeebling the current generation. Some tracks can come off a bit ham-fisted in their message but this is metal, there’s no room among the chaos to mince words. Condemning mega-church leaders with lines like “You’re just a number on the paper to the priest.” and “Why does your faith have a price?” as well as lambasting hate-culture with the violent imagery we’ve all come to know, “Iraq 2005, I lost a friend of mine. 7.62 through and through, say goodbye. Detroit 2010, here we go again. He caught a 9 through the eye, pink mist in the sky.”
More of a manifesto than a song, Crucible’s opening track to The Trials repeats the mantra, “We are outraged, striving for a change. Listen to me speak in the midst of the new age. We’ll separate the weak, reveal impurities. Listen to me speak and we will change this society. Our world is broken but renewable. Change will come from the trials of our crucible.” This is the meaning behind it all, this is the center of the EP, this is the center of the sound, this is the center of the band as we know it right now. This band is an amalgam of heaviness, it’s melodiousness has been hammered out by guitars that bend and creak like wrought iron, the vocals are like the steam sizzle of steel in water, and the words welter into a warning of the transgressions of our culture.
My name’s Bobby, I’m a music blogger and singer/songwriter under the moniker Sad Giants. Catch my music blogging at idwbs.wordpress.com or my personal blogging at sadgiantsmusic.tumblr.com/. I’m trapped in Brookings, South Dakota, please send booze. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on twitter @BobbyBenedict