Review: Your Demise – Cold Chillin’

YD Cold Chillin Front cover dml-1I should preface this review by simply stating that I loved Your Demise’s 2012 record, The Golden Age. While the release was met with severe backlash from fans, sparking intense debate and causing more than a few to turn their back on the band entirely, I thought that it was one of the most unique, fun, and enjoyable albums to come out of the hardcore world in quite a while. That being said, Your Demise’s newest EP, entitled Cold Chillin’, strays from their tried and true formula significantly less than their previous release. While two of the disc’s four tracks do include clean vocals, they exhibit much less of a pop-punk influence than TGA did, focusing more on anthemic, off-key chanting than poppy, melodic hooks. While the catchiness is still there, it’s presented in a way that may be more accessible for listeners who found the contrast between the screamed and clean vocals on the last record to be exaggerated. The choruses are more reminiscent of Black Flag than New Found Glory, and fit well with the band’s straightforward hardcore punk riffs.

Instrumentally, Cold Chillin’ doesn’t contain too many surprises. Your Demise have always been about simple, aggressive riffs that are designed to get crowds moshing and heads bobbing, and this EP sticks faithfully to that promise. Boasting slicker production than any of the band’s prior releases, the songs on Cold Chillin’ successfully deliver the type of visceral impact that has been the backbone of this hardcore outfit since its inception. What really boosts the appeal of these tracks is the fact that Your Demise clearly do not take themselves too seriously – a fact that is alluded to quite clearly by the EP’s title. First track “Karma” finds vocalist Ed McRae exclaiming “Bitch, don’t kill my vibe”, and then launches into a hilariously groovy riff that wouldn’t sound out of place in a Mission Impossible movie. Of course, this is something that ultra-serious hardcore fans probably won’t take kindly to, and that’s fine. If it’s intricacy and depth you seek, this is not the appropriate EP to listen to. But there’s no reason why Converge and Your Demise can’t coexist peacefully. This band has consistently offered a fun, entertaining listening experience, and deserves a certain amount of credit for it. The fact that they’ve stayed true to themselves, and stood by their music without compromise despite fierce backlash is itself praiseworthy. Cold Chillin’ is another welcome addition to the band’s discography. Here’s hoping that Your Demise continue to maintain their artistic integrity on future efforts, and write only the music they want to – not what the coolest kids on the block say they ought to.



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