After binge-watching the latest season of Daredevil on Netflix (it’s good. Seriously, watch it.), I decided to actually get some work done and gave Ballsdeep my full attention. Their record, …And On The Eighth Day, is hardcore metal that pays homage to bands like Stick to Your Guns, and The Devil Wears Prada.
As with my last few metal reviews, the writing is awesome! I was nodding my head along to some of the riffs and some of the licks were somewhat memorable as this band believed in the ‘KISS’ philosophy: “Keep It Simple, Stupid!” They knew exactly what their songs needed and didn’t feel the need to over-complicate something just for the sake of showing off. The production, however, was inadequate with uncomfortable peaks in the high frequency rages (ex. cymbal hits), and the vocals were way too low. And even if they were louder, I wouldn’t much care for them because I didn’t really like them. The problem with this record is that it all sort of melds into one long song. Most of the songs sound too similar to one another and all I can take away from the record besides the last song was that I wasn’t missing much if I put the record on shuffle.
The riffs were simple and catchy like in, “…And On The Eighth Day” and “A Life Less Overrated” but essentially, they’re just any other hardcore band playing in drop-D. That’s the simplest way to describe it. I found the vocals to be reminiscent of Randy Blythe, but nowhere near as powerful. Vocal fry for all you metal elitists out there, and because the vocals are turned down in the final mix, they get lost in translation. The only true highlights on this record were the atmospheric and downright beautiful melodies of the last song, “Wake.” Being the complete outlier of the record, they added a nature background to the guitar melody and there was singing done effectively to suit the style. It was definitely the stand out track on this record. Beautifully done!
As I’ve said before, the majority of this record sounds the same, with a few exceptional riffs here and there, but the production quality might make you cringe. If you don’t care about shit like that, then give Ballsdeep a listening to.
Written by Rian Cunningham
*edited by Danielle Kenedy