The Australian music scene has been subjected to a lot of spotlight over recent years and rightly so. With the explosions of bands like Northlane, In Hearts Wake and of course the mighty Parkway Drive, there is a standard being set for anyone who wishes to join their ranks. Of course, there is a tendency for the continent to spit out some extreme versions of their already heavy portfolio, with bands like Thy Art Is Murder and King Parrot offering some top quality aggression for all. Boris The Blade are relatively new to this collective, with their debut The Human Hive displaying a tremendous ability to follow the standard deathcore blueprint circa-2007/8. Preparing for a new year release of their sophomore release, Boris The Blade seem keen to establish themselves as the dominant force within the deathcore genre.
Warpath opens with its title track and instantly begins the assault, with a swift transition from the electronic beats into ferociously chugged riffs. With bands like Whitechapel beginning to distance themselves from the genre, it’s a genuine pleasure to hear blast beats being utilised so efficiently, as the intensity of the album benefits no end.
The vocal delivery from Daniel Sharp works well with the sound but unfortunately when CJ McMahon features on track Misery it almost eclipses Sharps performance. With this said, the general formula laid out by Thy Art is Murder is followed very closely by Boris The Blade, save only for a few more uses of electronic sounds and a few seething vocal sections in tracks like Paralyzed, which also features a welcomed change on introduction with its calmer prelude to its eventual chaos.
There are some real choice cuts from Warpath. Omens bolsters its attack with a thunderous breakdown mid song that will rumble your innards, and Backstabber has a tension building lead that wails before biting down firmly as the song kicks up a gear. It is unfortunate that upon first listen not a lot of these songs are able to offer big enough hooks to remain memorable, but with consecutive listens the best moments of the album begin to slowly rear their head.
There is obvious worship towards fellow stable mates Thy Art Is Murder throughout not only Warpath as an album but within the Boris The Blade sound. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as the intensity and aggression one looks for within the deathcore sound are all present and its fair to suggest that Boris the Blade will most likely climb the ranks of the genre with albums like Warpath. With this said, there is a real lack of identity with Boris the Blade and it is something that most bands working within the genres confines struggle with. Warpath is certainly a strong album, but there is still much work for the band.