Melding a blend of Hardcore with modern day Metalcore, Feed The Rhino have been one of those bands that feel like their on the cusp of something big but for some reason have never made it past the threshold to being household names. On new album The Silence then it feels like the time FTR need to aim for the upper echelons of the metal scene.
With choruses that can rival legendary groups like Killswitch Engage on opener Timewave Zero this is a band which has no problem connecting to the vast melodious nature of the genre. The main thing that is noticeable however is the cockney punk screams of vocalist Lee Tobin being reminiscent of classic Hardcore vocalist Frank Carter.
A main factor which can make the band stand out against bands in its similar subgenre is the notion of the ballad, with Losing Ground connecting the audience straight to the bands heavier sound in a much subtler and inviting manner can make the album seem enticing and almost welcoming to new listeners. Give this band an inch and they will run a mile and thankfully this track proves why FTR are a group that is quite often overlooked in terms of the wider Hardcore scene.
What becomes a slight negative is the album seems to be quite repetitive on its mid-sections with tracks such as All Work And No Play Makes Jack A Dull Boy and Yellow & Green melding into other sections of the album. The trick on sections such as this is to take your time explore the inner depths of the album and see how 90’s influenced grunge, a technique used later on in the album on The Silence, and 80’s inspired thrash has influenced the bands creativity. With quite scuzzy guitar effects and quite intricate solos this is something past the general spectrum of the scene and pushes them to the levels of bands such as Architects and While She Sleeps.
A truly underrated member of any band is the bassist and, in this case,, Oz Caggs gives the album it’s pure headbanging nature especially on Nerve Of A Sinister Killer his work makes the song go from what’s expected to what feels like a pure mosh anthem. Put this on live at any Hardcore club night/gig and the crowd will move, for what this band wants to achieve this is something that can only be described as commendable.
The guitar work of James Colley gives a complex and technical performance to the album especially on tracks such as Fences, which in turn can only be described as melodious. This is a great moment for the release and possibly more so in the bands overall career.
Whilst this is not a gamechanger album by any means, you can do a lot worse than Feed The Rhino’s latest release. They have a long way to go in terms of becoming the next big thing in metalcore but as a band on the underground scene of the genre they should have the chance to become a lot bigger than they currently are.