“The weight is born by the ones still left”
Headbangers and riff lovers rejoice—Currents are back with their third studio album The Death We Seek. In six short years, the band has transcended DIY beginnings to tours supporting bands such as Killswitch Engage, Ice Nine Kills, Fit For A King, August Burns Red, and a headline tour with dates selling out before it even starts.
The Death We Seek manages to set a standard on how great heavy music can be. This record encapsulates so many different facets of heavy music and melds them into the perfect creation with true purpose and flow. The title track “The Death We Seek” and “Living In Tragedy” showcase their range. Both songs bring you on a sonic journey of in-your-face riffs that balance the line of heavy and technical to unforgettable hooks that give these songs a true pop.
On the other hand “Remember Me” and “Guide Us Home” have an overall more melodic and atmospheric feel, letting Brian Wille’s vocal range really shine. The complex variety is a breath of fresh air for heavy music, especially when many struggle to excel in one style. Currents excels across the board. While sounding familiar, this record set themselves apart from the overwhelming output of their genre’s landscape.
The entire record is truly phenomenal, but the stand out songs of the record are “Over And Over” and “Vengeance.” “Over and Over” kicks off with a jaw dropping guitar lead refrain coupled with a massive anthemic chorus and neck snapping breakdown. In comparison, “Vengeance” is likely the heaviest song of the record. You feel the weight of the instrumentals on your shoulders, it’s overwhelming in the best way possible. From dissonant chords to crushing chug patterns, this one will have you moshing in the gym, living room, or even your office.
This record is the perfect infusion of metalcore and deathcore combining an onslaught of technically proficient riffs, crushing breakdowns, death metal beats topped with massive and radio accessible choruses that stand out from the pack. Imagine if After The Burial, As I Lay Dying, and Breaking Benjamin had a mutant super baby hellbent on devouring the world whole. That is The Death We Seek.
Buy it, Stream it, or Skip it?: Buy it. Currents is undoubtedly one of the best in the genre. Support them.
You can see the band on their headline tour this May and June with Like Moths To Flames, Invent Animate, UnityTX and Foreign Hands.