Published Mar 28, 2019Whatever Lotus Eater have tuned their guitars to, it isn't healthy. These Glasgow punks have plumbed the deepest depths of deathcore for their sound, coming up with one of the heaviest downtunings since Black Tongue, and cranking up the grimness. The absolute nuke of "Thug" opens this six-song blast, and by the end, you might feel sorry for the sound engineer who destroyed their lower hearing register to give us Social Hazard.
Sometimes Lotus Eater run into the common deathcore problem of only having so much room; they hit the lowest note so often, it inevitably loses its impact, even on so short an album. But they inject some healthy dynamics into "Yuck," which ends up being one of the record's choicest cuts. There's no telling how the opening drop and Deftones-ian chorus of "Jawless" will come across live without seeing it, but rest assured, they're some of the better ones.
Like Emmure, the nu metal influence is strong; Lotus Eater probably enjoy their Korn, though Social Hazard is darker, heavier and more aggressive than either. No wonder that they caught the attention of Hopeless Records, usually known for the likes of Sum 41, Enter Shikari and the Used. Check it out if your tastes are more aligned with those bands than, say, Converge and At the Gates. (Hopeless)