A lot of people have asked me what I think about STRAY FROM THE PATH. I’ve never answered them, because the truth is that I don’t really know. When it comes to metallic hardcore, I generally like it ignorant, brutal and straightforward, and they are none of those things, yet at the same time I really want to like them. I definitely think their new record is their best yet, but I can’t make up my mind.
Dunno about those skronky electronic elements, but the guitar sound is fucking awesome.
Negatives: Strong Botch/Every Time I Die/Norma Jean “skronky, noisy parts” influence, and I fucking hate that shit. Excessively clever lyrics that try way too hard (eg “Throw up your hands to the sound of the beat”). I often get “mosh blue balls,” because they make me think there’s going to be a sick breakdown, but it never cums.
Not really feeling that weird main riff, but I pretty much love any song that has a Hatebreed/25 Ta Life “BLEHH!” in it (see 1:30)
Positives: Sick production that makes everything sound way heavier than it should. The BLEHH!s. Some riffs that come dangerously close to moshable. Overall solid songwriting despite the rampant “mosh blue balls.”