If you’re into music that sits on the heavier end of the metal spectrum, The Plot In You may well be a name that you’re already familiar with. Forming back in 2010 in Ohio, the quartet have released a string of EP’s and albums that have gradually been evolving as time has gone by. From their first aggressive and unrelenting offering Wife Beater to their most recent full length Happiness In Self Destruction, the band have gradually let go of some of the heaviness to make more space for melody and harmony. Their brand new record Dispose takes that melody and harmony and thrusts it skyward. They’re taking influence from modern rock and alternative as well as metalcore, fusing it all together and taking the biggest musical step they’ve taken so far. The question is, though, has it been a step forwards or a step backwards?
From the get go it’s obvious that this is a rebirth of sorts for the band. You can still tell that it’s them, but it’s clear that this is a path that they’re treading for the first time. And I mean that in a good way. This record is a collection of heavy hitters and anthemic tracks that are undoubtedly designed to completely ignite a spark in a live setting. You can literally picture every song off this album being performed live, married with enthusiastic participation from the crowd. One Last Time is an infectiously catchy ballad, boasting a volcanic eruption of a chorus spilling out over gigantic guitar stabs. Single Not Just Breathing is live performance gold, complete with soft and emotional verses that flow straight into a sledgehammer of a chorus. Paid In Full has a very similar structure to Drown by Bring Me The Horizon, rising and falling in all the right places and making sure every single hook and melody is right at the forefront of the mix. The hooks are an enormous step up from their previous efforts, with every single vocal line being instantly catchy. Landon Tewers (vocals) has always had a unique and powerful voice, but throughout Dispose it melts all over the music like butter on hot pancakes. Take lead single I Feel Nothing for example, where the verses and choruses swell in and out of each other whilst imprinting the melody into your head almost instantly. On the other end of the spectrum, too, softer songs like The Sound are masterfully performed too. Landon’s vocals are possibly at their best on this track, weaving in and out of a variety of emotions whilst laying out his impressive range for all to see. The whole album is a mixture of everything we’ve come to know and love about the band, only it’s a lot more mature and a lot more thought out. This is a grown up record. This is a solid record. This is, without doubt, a step forwards.
If you’re expecting absolute metal ragers like Rat Poison or Premeditated, you may find yourself disappointed. They aren’t ashamed of their roots, and there are hints of their past selves in this album, but they aren’t that band anymore. If you’ve come here looking for a metalcore influenced pop album, then you’ll find yourself more than satisfied. There’s hints of RnB, rock, alternative, electronic music and so much more running throughout the album, and it makes for a really indulgent and interesting listen. The Plot In You have always made good albums, but this is definitely their most refined and cleverly put together. Catch them on tour in the UK later this year with We Came As Romans and Alazka, these songs are going to sound incredible live.
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