Categorized as ‘electronic hardcore pop,’ I was immediately surprised (in the most relieving way), when I heard a familiar metal-core sound off of Trance, the newest EP from Budapest’s own, The Tumor Called Marla. Reminiscent of bands like Memphis May Fire and Outline in Color, this band has effectively created something fantastic, intriguing, and excellent to the ear. My only complaint is that I wish I hadn’t already heard the same kind of stuff from numerous bands before them.
Obviously, it’s hard to do something unique. Not to say that this band didn’t do that, as some of the stuff on the record is what I was looking for in a metal-core band heavily influenced by electronica. A perfect example is how there are fewer breakdowns and more solos in the song, “A Different Tension.” What I meant about those same tricks were about the vocals. First off, I need to give them respect for performing in English when it’s very clearly not their first language. This, however, does make their lyrics hard to understand at times simply due to their accents. As well, there was one part in “Basement Tapes” that I felt was vocally lacklustre and lazy, specifically were five or six words were repeated as lyrics like a bad pop song. It immediately deterred me from the song and I fell out of the headspace I was entranced in when initially listening to this record. The final track on this record was also unnecessary because it was just a simple interlude. That being said, the production quality is amazing, and the title track is my favourite song by far as it combines different melodic textures and dynamics to showcase the entirety of this EP as a whole.
If you want to hear some new metal-core with a ‘classic’ feel, check out The Tumor Called Marla.
Written by Rian Cunningham
*edited by Danielle Kenedy