The latest and self-titled EP by Welland, Ontario’s Thousand Young is short and sinister. The opening track, “There Is No Shore” is just as bleak as the title suggests. It opens with a guitar riff that would sound at home on a melodic doom metal song. Twenty seconds in, the bass and drums shift the atmosphere with a light hardcore influence that becomes more intense with the addition of their lead vocalist. At that point the guitar takes a backseat and the rhythm section adds a funk influence I haven’t heard in hardcore since The Minutemen. The song eventually shifts again into a metalcore banger with catchy grooves similar to those of bands like Norma Jean. This influence plays a stronger and constant role in the following song, “Wolves”. The song’s highlight is definitely the intro, nothing but screaming and drums. The song takes a weird turn at around the three minute mark, featuring what sounds like multiple whispering vocalists and a slow melodic instrumental background. The song’s other sections are straight forward metalcore and the emphasized vocals from the beginning make a witty and powerful return at the song’s outro.
“You Can’t Choose Who You Burn With” has a southern flavour, thanks mostly to a lead guitar riff and tone that combines the timbre of a banjo and slide-guitar. This track is also interesting because it’s the first on the record to feature clean vocals. Doctored with effects and overdubs, the line from which the title is taken gets repeated multiple times, adding a degree of creepiness to it. Repetitive lyrics make another appearance at the song’s climactic ending. I can only imagine how cathartic it would be to see these guys live and scream, “Will you die all alone?” repeatedly in a room full of strangers.
The final song, “Stoned Parallel”, opens with a doom-y motif similar to that of “There Is No Shore”, but with a more sporadic sense of rhythm. There’s a slight change in the way lead vocalist and guitar player Corey Hamilton screams on this song that is less metal and more hardcore based, reminding me of Liam Cormier, the lead singer of Cancer Bats.
Thousand Young is signed to Blacktop Records who are also the home of another band I wrote about here on Bucketlist, The Smile Case. I noted in that review that they made the interesting and nostalgic choice of including the lead singer of Wheatus on one track. Well, Blacktop has done it again. This time they’ve included John Wozniak of the band Marcy Playground, famous for their hit “Sex & Candy”, as the EP’s producer and guest vocalist on “Wolves”. The EP and their debut full-length are available on Blacktop’s Bandcamp page.
Written by Brian Clarke