To say Hellions had set some pretty high expectations for themselves with Opera Oblivia would …
Well The Plot In You really have taken a sharp left turn in recent years. First Born fans have probably long since left the building. With Dispose the band have taken the Being As An Ocean path and turned to emotionless bass drops and industrial percussion that Trent Reznor pioneered decades ago.
Vocalist Landon Tewers is the standout here, almost reluctantly pouring out “I always wanted to leave” (the track’s namesake). “If I don’t wake up tomorrow, just know I really tried” sings Tewers; since this band really is his child, pain rockets out from every whispered confession. One Last Time’s jittery vocals harken back to Bring Me The Horizon’s Can You Feel My Heart?. Since they decided to jump the metalcore ship, this is a smart move. On that Sheffield front though, That’s The Spirit is starting to leak through into the rest of the industry after the initial backlash. Paid In Full does take strong cues from Throne.
For a generation that’s allowed artists like Drake and The Weeknd to bleed into their playlists, the vulnerability shown on Dispose will do well. Just don’t expect any love songs here.
It’s not the strongest track on the record though, so lucky it doesn’t have to prop the record up. After the bashing Feel Nothing has taken in playlists, the piano keys must absolutely jazz fans up to scream the track’s hook. The bass depths of Disposable Fix wouldn’t feel out of place in a David Fincher collaboration with the aforementioned Reznor. That bwaaaa punches through harder than a Yeezus beat into a Taylor Swift tragic’s heart. This type of record is where the scene is heading: rather than the glittery synths that used to dance over chugs, driving robotic pulses bludgeon right into the listener’s soul. For a generation that’s allowed artists like Drake and The Weeknd to bleed into their playlists, the vulnerability shown on Dispose will do well. Just don’t expect any love songs here.
STANDOUT TRACKS: I Always Wanted To LEave, Feel Nothing, Disposable Fix
STICK THIS NEXT TO: Bring Me The Horizon, Being As An Ocean, PVRIS