Promethee – Convalescence Review

Band: Promethee
Album: Convalescence
Label: Lifeforce Records
Genre: Metalcore / Hardcore
Country: Switzerland
Release Date: 12 October, 2018

Metalcore nowadays is considered a generic and stale genre in which there is very little innovation among the countless bands that sound like one another in terms of song composition. Promethee proves that not all metalcore is as plain as it normally is generalized to be by the metal community. Convalescence contains powerful riffs throughout the record which are the highlights as they are as insanely groovy as they are heavy. The album artwork is beautiful as it is depressing, revealing the true nature of Convalescence.

Despite being a metalcore band, Promethee takes influences from death metal, hardcore, and a hint of djent and blends them together in a cohesive and satisfying experience that is as melodic as it is heavy. Although Convalescence is slightly less technical than their previous albums, as there are fewer solos and flashy parts, the band certainly made up for it in the riffs and the overall compositions of the songs. Both the riffs and the vocal delivery are reminiscent of Gojira which would obviously please many listeners.

Promethee wrote a very short but powerful and succinct collection of songs. One of my main complaints was that the album was too short; I was left with a craving for more. Right out of the gates, Convalescence opens up with the title track that starts out fast with some filthy riffs, demonstrating that Convalescence is going to be a very riff-heavy album. Promethee does a fantastic job blending their riffs with djenty chops that are also thrown in appropriately at times. Unlike most metalcore bands, the breakdowns in this album are not thrown into the songs for the sake of being heavy. Each breakdown adds to the song rather than derail the direction in which the song was headed. The breakdowns make the songs more powerful than they already are when they are used. The outro to “Endless” remains one of my favorites as the breakdown is very deserving of its place as it is dastardly heavy. As the bassist and one of the guitarists chug away during this section of the song, the other guitarist plays a repeating dissonant chord in the background as the tempo of the song slows down to its end. There is a great balance in the multiple guitars between the occasional chugging, the groovy riffs, and the melodic undertones that linger behind the sheer brutality that the amalgamation of bass, guitars, vocals, and drumming effortlessly provides. This album is relentless surely, but there are also plenty of slower parts within the songs to provide the listeners a chance to catch a quick breath before being thrown back into pure chaos.

The best section of the album is the three song stretch of “Witness,” “Demons,” and “The Deep End.” “Witness” has some of the strongest riffs on the record along with a fast breakdown that makes me want to inflict some major damage to the nearest object in my vicinity. “Demons” has a fantastic climax filled with pure emotion and brutality after the slow bridge in the middle of the song. Although it is a short track, “The Deep End” is the sole instrumental piece on this album. It starts off slow and mellisonant, but suddenly the rest of the band picks up the pace and then progressively slows the tempo of the song to support the lead guitarist as he cruises through his closing melodic guitar solo.

I have few complaints about Convalescence other than the fact that the album is short being that it contains only nine songs that fly right by you. The length of the album is fitting as no parts of the tracks feel forced for the sake of making them longer than they should be. There are three tracks that are forgettable but the rest of other songs will be ones that I frequently come back to. Aside from several passages in which the vocals were too low in comparison to the rest of the band, the mix is immensely satisfying. The multiple guitars, bass, vocals, and the drums, are mixed well enough in which no one instrument overwhelms another in volume. Each instrument can easily be distinguished and listened to clearly thus making for an enjoyable listening experience.

This is an album that is as heavy as it is melodic. These riffs cannot get out of my head!

Rating: 7.5/10

Track list:
1. Convalescence
2. While You Stood Still
3. Endless
4. Merchants
5. Witness
6. Demons
7. The Deep End
8. Soiled
9. Old Bones

Total Playing Time: 34:32

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