Today we dissect the latest offering from Obey The Brave. Mad Season was spawned after various studio false starts as well as some line-up changes due to a very tumultuous time for the outfit. The final result, one hell of a punchy, upbeat hardcore record.
Consisting of vocalist Alex Erian, guitarists John Campbell and Terrence McAuley, bassist Cory Wilson, and drummer Stevie Morotti). But after a lineup change and a series of false starts in the studio, the band emerged with their most aggressive and energetic album so far. And it’s available now! So what are you waiting for?!
The record was co-produced by McAuley—who worked alongside Dean Hadjichristou (Protest The Hero, Parkway Drive) and helped fundamentally build the best soundscape for the band.
The album has that “I’m back stronger than ever” feel within it’s lyrics, meshed with a plethora of heavy, hardcore punk riffs that get your veins throbbing with a highly contrasting angst and positive-energy vibe. The Canadians again prove that they are here to stay, the statement woven carefully into each song, showing their highest amount of diversity so far, collaborating with French Canadian rap group Loud Lary Ajust on the track “RIP”. This track by far is one of the best on the album, despite it being the red herring in terms of it’s sound and dynamic.
However, if you want that “The Ghost Inside” vibe, then check out the tracks “Drama” and “97 Again“, which go straight for your throat whilst keeping their own identity. Our personal favorite being the crushing, “Feed The Fire” which incorporates Metalcore elements and thrash styled riffs.
“Sometimes when you’re facing these obstacles, you’re like, ‘why am I still here? Why am I doing this in the first place? Should I get back to the regular nine-to-five and try to get some security?’” Erian confesses. “But this is who I am. This is what I do. This is who we are. We just can’t help ourselves. That’s why ‘though we may feel ‘lost,’ we are lost in the right direction.”
In short, Prepare to sing-a-long a lot to this record, as well as resisting the futile urge to bang your head and throw some shapes in the comfort of your home. Circle pits galore and throwing down for sure.
Obey The Brave will be kicking off their European/UK tour this month.
In short, prepare to sing-a-long a lot to this record, as well as resisting the futile urge to bang your head and throw some shapes in the comfort of your home. Circle pits galore and throwing down for sure.