No Hell

Sept. 27, 2018


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The Pitch: Experimental hardcore/mathcore from New York's very talented and somewhat irreverent Sunflo'er via Noise Salvation Records. FFO: Touche Amore, Bosse-De-Nage, Death Will Tremble

What I Like: Alright, enough of this metallic stuff. It's time for something a little different. Sunflo'er represent a brilliant cross-section of math rock, post-hardcore, and hardcore with a vague aftertaste of The Bled in some of the vocals. Songs vary in aesthetic from Fugazi to early Converge, and the six and a half minute "Days Gone" even finds the band getting particularly dreary and atmospheric. This variety is backed firmly by competent performances from all band members; worthy of points in technicality just as much as innovation. And aside from the apparent and tangible level skill on display, Sunflo'er's compositions are also quite effective when it comes to conveying abstract emotion. I was on a rollercoaster of feels over the course of these 30 minutes, and I loved every second of it.

Critiques: It's still imperfect. There are definitely times where the experimentation struggles to find steady footing. A little more finesse in the songwriting and transitions would be worth the time.

The Verdict: Hope, despair, malaise...No Hell has got it all. Sunflo'er have delivered a very impressive album on all fronts, and I continue to applaud bands like them willing to take risks instead of following current trends. It may not always lead to wide recognition and dollar signs, but integrity and innovation come with sacrifice.

Flight's Fav's: Loup Garou, Inverted Cross Tattoo, San Kalpa

- Review by FlightOfIcarus

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