Published Jun 25, 2020Nashville's Thirty Nights of Violence is a band that's been channelling its influences into compact EPs of metalcore fury. Their 2018 debut EP, To Die in Your Portrait, and new release You'll See Me Up There find the band honing a sound of frenzied catharsis. With influences like Botch, Deftones, Converge and Poison the Well, you would expect a certain level of mania and melody, crushing riffs and spastic modalities, and Thirty Nights of Violence definitely deliver.
You'll See Me Up There explodes to life with "Lost in Your Light." The song, like most on the album, takes dynamic instrumental shifts through squealing metallic guitars, momentous chugging riffs, rapid-fire breakdowns, whirling and soaring razor-edged melodies and blasting drum aerobics courtesy of Ethan Young, who also serves as Code Orange's session drummer.
The title track is a short atmospheric interlude that incorporates vocal loops, electronic percussion, spacey tones and booming piano. It's an interesting example of the band experimenting with their sound and serves as a slight reprieve before the second half of the album cranks the intensity back up. Standout closer "Marbled Regression" goes through all of the aspects of Thirty Nights of Violence's strengths, featuring slamming riffs and thunderous drums helmed by driving vocals, spiralling melodies and an epic chorus that carries the song through to its final barrelling breakdown.
With four vocalists that vacillate between clean and screeching and guttural growls atop entangled layers of drums and guitars, Thirty Nights of Violence sit in a viciously complex sonic realm, and the production and mixing ensures that everything hits hard and plays its part. Lyrical themes of emotional struggles also give added depth and force to the songs.
Thirty Nights of Violence plays well with the push-pull tensions and varying tempos that are a cornerstone of the genre. Although the band could benefit from some more expansion of their sound, You'll See Me Up There is a solid batch of songs with a ferocious and emotive vitality. (Unbeaten Records)