Bringing the metalcore and post hardcore all the way from Amsterdam, The Charm The Fury are looking to make more of a headway with their latest album titled ‘The Sick, Dumb & Happy’ which is aiming to bring a lot more to their table in terms of their music style.
Opening up the record with ‘Down On The Ropes’ was a smart move with it bringing different types of metalcore pizzazz to the beginning of their new album. With the intro to the track going from circle pit madness into the bouncy single string riff back and forth before throwing you straight into the meat and bones of the song, it shows their versatility. Whilst the track itself can feel a bit boring in parts, the guitar solo seems to liven it up as it moves into ‘Echoes’. This track feels like a marching order with the riff style it seems to go for, but as the time goes on, it loses quite a bit of its appeal. The choruses showcase a really nice melodic side that they have with the lead melodies and the clean vocals. ‘Weaponized’ picks up the pace a bit more and blends the line between the modern hardcore sound and metal with the thrash-like nature throughout the entire track and its instrumentation. The band seems to hit more of a stride with this ground and pound song with the chorus elements being a striking addition to the track. When the start of ‘No End In Sight’ kicked in, you felt like you had jumped into The Amity Affliction’s ‘Open Letter’, but the album throws you into a loop with more fast paced moments with some eerie production laid underneath.
The album seems to push the sound a bit more with the next track being somewhat more laid back in its approach and sets a nice tone for the midpoint of the record, but where ‘Blood And Salt’ ends, the aggression grows more with ‘The Future Need Us Not’ brings an endless barrage of sound that changes up what you’ve already heard from the band at this point in the record. ‘Silent War’ takes the tone down a bit more and is undoubtedly one of the most emotional songs on the record. Its acoustic tone and clean vocal presentation are so gripping that it makes up for the feeling of the first half of the record and sets you up for the tail end of the record. By the closing moments of the record, it picks up where it left off with the fast paced aggression with the instrumentation that comes through. The clean style of vocals throw you through a look and can be a bit disorientating at first but ‘Songs Of Obscenity’ pushes through and gives you something that sounds like Beartooth for the most part. The final track ‘Break And Dominate’ pushes that metalcore sound even further and closes the record on a strong note, giving it a feeling of bands such as Arch Enemy and The Agonist.
The band seems to find their place around the second half of the record, but that doesn’t mean that the first half was terrible by any stretch of the word. With a genre as overpopulated as this one is, The Charm The Fury do their best to make you remember their name. By the end of it you most certainly will, but there is a checkbox that is still waiting to be ticked.