Listening to DEADNERVE kind of feels like getting smacked in the head. Bit rest assured, such an experience never felt so good. The Brisbane-based four-piece belt out a brand of music that feels simultaneously hard-hitting and well-thought-out; organised chaos.
With the release of their new EP House Of Mirrors, the group have immediately established themselves as one of the Aussie heavy music scene’s most relentlessly thunderous bands. If you’re not already familiar with this name, we strongly recommend you change that.
On their new EP House Of Mirrors, Brisbane-based four-piece DEADNERVE deliver a hard-hitting but carefully considered slice of hardcore greatness.
Throughout the new EP, DEADNERVE stomp through a searing concoction of hardcore, nu-metal, prog-rock, and melodic rock to deliver something uniquely their own. With crunching guitars, bone-rattling percussion, and flailing vocal hooks, House Of Mirrors is bursting at the seams with unapologetic sonic energy.
Across the EP’s six-track duration, the band establish the far-reaching scope of their musical vision. They pull in myriad directions, never sitting in one place for too long. This is undeniably the EP’s most captivating quality. One moment you’re psyche will be getting crushed by frantic layers of weighted instrumentation, and the next you’ll be left floating through an eerie drone.
The EP’s title track, House Of Mirrors, is the perfect culmination of all the releases clashing themes. What begins as a softer, melodically driven slice of shoegaze-y post-rock erupts into an assault of hardcore madness. However, even as the band navigate different sonic areas, they never lose control of melody. That is what makes this EP so strong.
At times, it feels as though you’ve plunged into an all-out frenzy of drone-rock noise, but then the band will pull you back into a locked hardcore groove.
By the time House Of Mirrors reaches its final moments, we guarantee you’ll be completely spell-bound.
These may still be early days for this Brissy outfit, but judging by the quality of everything we’ve heard so far, I think we can safely expect plenty more great tunes.
In the meantime, do yourself a favour and listen to the new EP above.