Tiger Flowers Dead Hymns
Published Apr 08, 2014Discordance is an interesting concept. Etymologically, it comes from the Old French "descorde," meaning unfriendly feeling or dissention/strife. Yet it's not where it came from that's important, rather where it's going sonically.
Which brings us to Tiger Flowers. The name doesn't sound like the stuff of conflict — quite the opposite actually, in that it brings to mind your grandmother's favourite plant. And yet if you dig deeper, it's actually the name of the first black middleweight boxing champion. The New York band's first full-length, Dead Hymns, is similarly triumphant, armed with '90s metalcore and screamo as their weapons of choice instead of the old-fashioned left, right. With noticeably shorter songs than their debut EP, Tiger Flowers add the occasional tenderly melancholic screamo moment onto their disorienting Coalesce/Deadguy assault.
While not as agile as their New York brethren, Meek Is Murder, the Dillinger Escape Plan-esque singing in "The Road" is enough to justify the lost velocity. Although pushing the chaotic and melodic bookends to even further extremes could perhaps sweeten the deal, Dead Hymns is a vital collection of tunes nonetheless. (Melotov)