The once harrowing machine that was one of Australia’s finest, Make Them Suffer, have now adopted a new, melodic, progressive groove sound, much to the disappointment of many fans. Signed to Rise Records, the ‘frostbitten’ feel that they once possessed during Lord of Woe, Neverbloom and Old Souls has been traded for a new direction, and will be very sadly missed by many die-hard fans such as myself. The technicality and musical prowess still exists and remains, but the sound they have now embraced was a very sudden change. Perhaps too sudden for some.
The stand alone single from 2016, Ether, was a perfect balance, still keeping that heavy signature, whilst fueling it with groove and melody. The song did suggest where the deathcore outfit wished to head and experiment, altering their genre even further from their sophomore album Old Souls.
The line-up change seems to have ushered the band out of it’s darkened state to embrace a lighter mood. Summoning a lot of sheer bravery, Make Them Suffer found the courage to express themselves, and their own personal tastes and shake their former identity. It is worthy of a huge applause for a band to make that defiant push into new territory, so salute to that. But, it comes at a cost.
Songs such as Grinding Teeth & Vortex do nod back to the past they left behind on this record, and they still play old classics such as Elegies, Widower and Let Me In within their sets live, so don’t fret. But one cannot deny that sometimes the nostalgia and previous work seems to satisfy the audience and fan base a lot more. The single Fireworks did receive a lot of unnecessary heat from a small dedicated section of their fan base that dampened it’s success.
Overall the album is still a beautiful masterpiece that utilizes the same conventions and aspects that were successful on previous records such as melodic, atmospheric piano keys and punchy, technically executed guitar riffs. The Northlane inspired vibes on this record help sustain it in the higher rating areas, and seems to draw inspiration from other Australian bands such as In Hearts Wake. Whom stepped into a more ‘mainstream’ echo with their offering Ark.
Nevertheless, we cannot deny this latest record is still strong standing within 2017. A year which is proving to be extremely difficult to stand amongst and within. So many artists and bands are putting themselves to the test and trying to prove why they deserve to hold the title of “ALBUM OF THE YEAR“. We hope Make Them Suffer do retrace their steps in the near future, and potentially blend the sounds they had on Old Souls with tracks like Ether & Vortex and give them a more potent injection of aggression.
You can get the album via all major outlets as of July 28th! So fasten your seat-belts as you are taken to the edges of our Stratosphere by Perth’s finest.
Make Them Suffer dilute their potency for a much more groove-infected sound, embracing a more melodic and progressive atmosphere from the likes of Northlane. Matching their Australian peers. A solid 7.5 out of 10 for a brave and experimental transition as they move "World's Apart" from their former sound.