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Today we will talk about another good album, which is an example of combining post-hardcore (not the one we are used to hear, but the normal one) and rapcore. As you understand, both genres separately appear to be represented by quite dubious groups playing dubious tracks (again, with rare exceptions). Nevertheless, it is this album, despite its minor flaws, I recommend to fans of powerful guitar post-hardcore and the most emotional extreme vocals in combination with rapping and well-composed and well-performed choruses.

So, this is the group The Fever 333, which I learned about (again) from donations on one of the streams. More precisely, it was the track Burn it Down and at that time it impressed me very much with its emotionality and maximum similarity to RATM in the modern sound envelope. The band was formed again by unknown to me members of the Letlive, The Chariot and Night Verses groups, about which I, too, can hardly speak to the point. All I can say is that this group consists of quite experienced musicians who know how to work in alternative rock and metal genres, and this is heard a mile away.

The album is called STRENGTH IN NUMB333RS, which serves as a direct reference to various social protests and the achievements of a better reality through confrontation with oppressors. In short, “to unite and resist,” but not so funny and caricature, as we used to, but on the normal (finally). In fact, even in the blog – photos of band’s singer Jason Aaron Butler drawing three 3’s on the wall are much more protest than in the last near-social works in alternative genres of modern times. Well, in general, if you take the text of each of the tracks for analysis, then this very promise is best seen. Additionally, despite the rather stereotypical post-hardcore message in music, this particular message calls for personal independence and upholding its own right to a better and happier existence without ineffective politicians, social problems, without imposing principles of solving problems, etc. . As a result, the concept can rather be described as “leave us alone and let us live” than simple promises of protest for the sake of protest. In other words, it pleases.

Lyrics for such conceptual messages will never be too indirect and symbolic, as we would not like. That is why each line is read separately as a primitive cliche of the type “I will not give myself a grudge, I will beat everyone because I am such a good fellow, and you are all cattle and bastards,” but in general – the image of a young free-thinking person emerges confronted with various levers of pressure and control that interfere with living independently and acting with free mind. Something like this. Take, for example, the text of the first track Burn it Down (as usual, I do not take into account the intro): You know sometimes you gotta burn it down to build it up again / Lights go out in the town we’re living in / Burn it down when no one’s innocent”, which speaks for itself. Then we hear the text from one track to another like “leave us alone and remove your guns from us” (if you really simplify and summarize it), and in the final track we just hear the reference to burning everything to build something new and perhaps better. The track COUP D’ÉTALK: “Just so you know, we are the product of people you stole / Letting you know, this is like nothing that you’ve seen before”, which is again a reference to the fact that the current modern protests won’t be like they were before. Especially taking into account the general protest of the text on the use of weapons, there can be message of some kind of intellectual or mental revolution, due to which society can look at things in a new way and build their lives accordingly.

Following really meaningful lyrics, we also have musical content that will more than compensate for any misunderstanding or rejection of the text of the album and its meanings. As I said initially, we have here mostly post-hardcore instrumental, with its fast and chaotic guitar riffs, punk drumming and aggressive fry (I could be wrong, I’m not really special in these techniques) extreme, which is very cool from ordinary yells to full-length screams in almost all tracks except the Inglewood ballad, which can be safely considered the most pop and most slow-melancholic and following the standard pattern of pop-rock ballad from beginning to end. Nevertheless, it is with active-aggressive tracks that we have the opposite picture, because for post-hardcore we often have rather heavy grooves like in the same track The Innocent, we have a beautiful hip-hop flow, which even 90% of rappers today are unable to deliver. And in general, if we talk about vocals, I really like his maximum visceral emotionality and sincerity during the performances, when it comes to aggressive screams and the most simple, but effective melody in presenting the choruses on clear sound. In general, the choruses are most similar in sound to post-hardcore. They are in this timbral tone, the use of similar overdubs and other technical trivialities that we often could hear in modern post-hardcore or melodic post-hardcore.

As for the songwriting, I generally have minimum claims. Of course, the intro of the album was superfluous and the album didn’t miss anything if the band never included it. Of course, the transitions to hip-hop beats and the actual beats were made quite stereotypically and as much as possible from the cliches. However, they were not annoying with their simplicity. The foreground in the overall composition has always been occupied by the vocals, and there were no complaints about it at all. Moreover, I am pleasantly surprised by the multi-minute tracks Inglewood and Out of Control, which contain quite unexpected, but interesting transitions that really sound successfully in general. In other words, these seven-minute tracks were not boring to listen, although the ballad moments of Inglewood were really too cliche-like in certain fragments of the track.

In any case, as usual, I’m being too picky and overthink a lot here (as usual). The bottom line is that it’s a very worthy album, which will appeal to fans of such groups as Rage against the Machine, Linkin Park, early Papa Roach (by the way, their latest album is shameful) and other rap core groups, because this album has everything including good songwriting, and clear, meaningful text, powerful and diverse instrumental and the most emotional vocals, which really compensate for all the weak rapcore releases of recent years. In the end, this is 4.5 out of 5. Very cool for the debut release. Hopefully, the band will keep on being great.

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