Listen up hardcore music fans, I’ve got another heavy band from down under that you need to know right now, Vilify. Australia keeps sneaking up on me with insane, amazing music. Australia’s music scene for us outsiders is most notably known for bands like AC/DC, INXS, Divinyls, The Angels, Jet, Midnight Oil, Ne Obliviscaris, Airbourne, Parkway Drive, etc… but there are so many other bands making waves across this country that you should know of. I have kept my eyes and ears on a number of bands down that way.
Most recently I’ve been digging a new hard rock band called Wicked Smile who released their EP ‘Delirium’ in July. But, when it comes to the heavy sounds, bands like Polaris, Mason, The Amity Affliction, and Battlegrave have been staples in my music catalog for a few years now and when I least expect it, another newcomer shows up on the scene and makes me trip out listening to their music. It’s very hard to relay how this release made me feel, so let me tell you with a gig analogy that we all know well. Listening to ‘Clarity’ was like being that one unsuspecting fan who would never jump in a pit at a gig but insisted on being up against the stage during the gig then getting that kidney punch as they get sucked up into the pit behind them, that is how intense this release is.
Coming in at just 16 minutes and 40 seconds run time, this 5 track EP is loaded. The experience was insane, heavy, and full intense energy. Tracks were the perfect amount of time, in and out while still holding deep intensity. The melodies where huge, tons of grove to the sound, heavy screams, and even a bit on the proggy side too. That is a tough combination incorporate into one album but they completely owned it! Vilify did a crazy job with their writing to bring in the traditional sound that fans of hardcore love and then take it up a few notches with melodic grooves, punchy riffs, and then when least expected, the prog feels.
I think their story on how they got started, meeting through the heavy scene themselves then deciding to do their own project, is the element that kindled such creative, genuine, and unique tracks. While being big on sound, they found the way to perfectly blend the melodic elements into their sound. As each track progresses on this release, the prog metal elements show up and the songs break out from normal hardcore and elevate them to a different playing field for this genre. The heavy eruptions of deep riffs will catch listeners off guard while grabbing their attention as well. There’s so much going on in this album, and being just a trio band, it’s simply ridiculous in the best way.
When it comes to the vocals, they are massive and intense. I am envious of the rage and backbone displayed in Amy McIntosh’s vocals. This is a vocalist with immense control over delivery of every vocal. Paired to the music while perfectly assassinating the lyrics makes the final piece of their sound come together.
‘Clarity’ is an unexpected late year release that’s probably one of the best albums I’ve heard this year. Vilify has positioned themselves as one of my new favorite bands with their form of hardcore that’s melodic, heavy and even has an infusion of progressive metal to their sound. This is definitely a band you want to seek out! Clarity is out this Friday, December 4th.
Amy McIntosh – Vocals (The Beautiful Monument, Liberties)
Kieran Jackson – Drums (SETMEONFIRE, Liberties)
Deni Hourihan – Guitars (Cold Era)
Album: Clarity EP
Genre: Melodic Hardcore
Release Date: December 4, 2020
Rating: 4 of 5