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Considering the level of production and expertise that displayed on Body Prison’s debut singles, it’s quite difficult to believe that they are still just a band in the early days of their inception.
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Instead, upon listening to Dogma and Past Life, you’d most likely (rightfully) assume that the group had already already well and truly established themselves as leaders of the reemerging deathcore scene.
With the groups previous single Dogma debuting the bands impressive deathcore soundscapes in a flurry of spiderwebbed riffs, blast beats and black metal undertones, Past Life changes things up a bit, adding a hardcore chug and rolling bounce to the songs rhythm sections. Stepping it up even more is the ominous harmonics and impressive sweeps added in by ex-To The Grave guitarist Tom Cadden, who provides menacing leads through the unique inclusion of an 8-string guitar. Having already proven his chops as the vocalist in Zeolite, Daniel Macdonald absolutely shines, with an unrivalled range and devilish gutturals that easily match up to esteemed frontmen like Darius Teharani (Spite) and Alex Terrible (Slaughter To Prevail).
Yet another way that Body Prison seperate themselves from the pack, with the group’s debut singles instilling why the Melbourne up-comers are already on track to redefine the sound of Australian deathcore.
Delving deep into the cycle of retrospective regret, Past Life sees Macdonald put it all on the line, with lyrics such “Never content with what I’ve become/Give me a chance and I’d turn back the clock/To change everything to what once was” exploring past mistakes whilst also unravelling the conflicting ideal that as a person, he doesn’t want to change. A topic that not only presents an interesting dichotomy throughout the narrative, but also one that refreshingly differentiates itself from a lot of the monotonous themes that many lyricists feel the need to write about. Yet another way that Body Prison seperate themselves from the pack, with the group’s debut singles instilling why the Melbourne up-comers are already on track to redefine the sound of Australian deathcore.
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