Yurodivy And The Utterly Visceral Debut Album.
‘Everybody Can Be Somebody’s Fool‘
Cover photo credit: Michel Grr Madrigal.
Post-Hardcore. A genre that is an unambiguous game-changer, a genre that for better and sometimes worse has inspired countless variations of both itself and a whole and incredibly varied line of Punk, Pop-Punk, Metal and Instrumental music and likely countless more.
For myself there is one key area here and that is the genres roots. Many bands have forsaken much of the genres Punk and Hardcore roots and opted for variations barely reminiscent of such. This is where the visceral and exhaustingly aggressive Strasbourg natives Yurodivy come in.
Aphos is an album that you will struggle to formulate an opinion on or rather find some way of communicating it once your tired brain and serrated ear drums have recovered to enough of a working order to actually get you through the day.
I recommend having the band’s bandcamp in front of you during this listen experience as the Aphos and its concept approach is almost as haunting as the music itself.
Back to the task of somehow describing the musical assault however and with this album you cannot help but hear influence or at least adoration of the Refused masterpiece that is The Shape Of Punk To Come […]. The ear splitting vocals rebound violently off classic Post-Hardcore structures, chaotic changes in pace and (again) visceral Hardcore Punk rage. There is almost a constant battle between the genre that birthed this style and its unstable ancestor and its a thing of disgusting beauty.
‘Ascension’ is said battle ground is… well it just is.
The mammoth ’40 Days’ stands at just shy of nine minutes, channeling the disgusting beauty into something slow, dark, damp and haunting as it forces its ambiguity onto you. The latter half of the track almost wholly consists of further eerie feedback and mild orchestral-esque sounds pain before the final parts where Yurodivy explode with the rage the only way they know how.
With the above and ‘Now You Can Feed The Monster Part 1’ you feel the band’s applicability to Post-Metal and the Hardcore Punk charged variants of Vales and Rinoa. ‘[…] Part 2’ lyrically carries the plot to a bloody revolution that warrants you have the lyrics in your line of sight with this listen experience.
The guitar leads of ‘In The Violence Of The Ashes’ is nothing but ear-wormy and haunting as you begin to feel nervous, while in ‘War Drums’ you are sent straight to sheer terror.
‘Necessary’ is another lyrical treat with an accompanying soundtrack of calmer yet eerie work that in it’s build up stands of further proof of a band who struggle to stay quiet but must do so for whatever reason they have decided too.
I have chosen to embed the above closing track so that as you listen to it you can feel what I have felt as I write. The feeling of dread, worry, anger and complete and utter intrigue and emotion because as you should well be expecting by now, Aphos goes out with a bang.
Find the band below:
- For elusive updates, head to Facebook and Twitter.
- The bands music can be found on bandcamp, with physical copies – Here.