Drumcorps’ Falling Forward is Dubstep, Breakcore, Industrial and Metal set on ‘Purée’

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Drumcorps‘ Falling Forward is the music of road rage on the Los Angeles freeway, disaffected teenagers grounded on Saturday night, backroom brawls among friends, and the album you blast when you’ve got a case of the Mondays. This music is extreme. On first listen, its chaotic noise makes no sense. Listen deeper though, and you’ll hear a controlled method to the madness keeping the beats tight, allowing you to at least nod your head in time while your brain turns to mush.


Falling Forward is an unholy recipe starting with a base of Xanopticon and Skrillex; mixing the rage and brutality of Slayer and Broken-era Nine Inch Nails; the breakcore intensity of Atari Teenage Riot and Pitchshifter; the cut-up technique of Squarepusher. Take all those ingredients and hurl it into a blender, step back and let it unleash on your unsuspecting ears. What makes this record so compelling is that it doesn’t sit still. Across just forty minutes, the record vacillates between tracks of processed guitar noise, feedback, and sledgehammering percussion, many of which are less than two minutes of constant explosions. We barely have time to register what’s being done to us before we’re off on another planet. Songs range from drill n’ bass assaults to metal bangers to more melodic tunes indebted to modern dubstep. Falling Forward keeps its sound fresh by switching genres (and mashing them together), like in the transitions from the minute-long “Got the Row” to “Cradle to Grave,” again in “Tap Tap Tap” to “Choose Again” and “With Sticks and Stones” to “We Turned at a Dozen Paces, for Love is a Duel.”

“Dozen Paces” features a rare moment of warm guitar surrounded by electronic fuzz. This ninety-second lull is like the calm before the storm, and sure enough, the tornado is ready for another assault in “Built for War,” a straight metal rocker with digital accouterments, what Mastodon might sound like in 2030 if they flirted with studio trickery.

There’s a fair amount of metal death-growls and double bass pedal kicks to satiate the hardcore and metal fans, like the excellent “With Sticks and Stones” and the epic “Headstrong & Heartfoolish.” “Cradle to Grave” is mangled with insane sensibilities, the vocals mixed down and processed, straining to be heard above the constant peppering of kicks and snares. Likewise with “The Path,” which indulges a groovy metal riff before breaking down into a trip hop interlude. “Open Arms” comes at the perfect point in the album, serving as a rinse, a moment to recede into the groove, like when a metal band abandons its technical trickery in favor of a simpler riff to let the audience headbang along.

Then we’re right back in with “Crosses,” a song mimicking the onslaught of the opening tracks. This sets us up for album highlight “Tap Tap Tap,” a brutal statement of intent which frontman Aaron Spectre should consider as the live show opener.

Listening to Falling Forward demands surrender. Breakcore is pretty niche, and such is the state of music in 2016 that the production on this monster can sound absolutely ace, embracing the best in mastering and digital glitches that usually irritate mere mortals. Guitars are pitched, drums stutter, voices degrade, static screams, technology fails. And, it’s glorious. If you think you have what it takes, get Falling Forward now, or stream it below.

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