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Review: Fero Lux – No Rest

Mathcore band Fero Lux has put out their 2nd full-length album in late March called No Rest. No Rest is full of political angst and social ideals, so if you don’t like opinionated music this is not for you. If you are familiar with mathcore and similar genres then you know what to expect. Expect to listen to it on Spotify and Bandcamp! Check out their Youtube and Facebook too!

Sticking true to mathcore’s parameters, No Rest switches time signatures, plays jittery riffs and drum beats, and harsh vocals to top the cake. There are many sub genres that fall under math rock/metal, some heavy, some not, and some both. Fero Lux brings in sounds similar to Like Animals and Dance Gavin Dance, but heavier. It’s heavier with the emotion put into, like you can feel the opinions radiate from each song, which I think is great. Whether I agree or disagree with opinions in music is irrelevant to me. As long as I like the music, I will listen to it and, truth be told, I never know what the lyrics are anyway. I don’t think some opinions should stop you from listening to potentially great music, but who am I to say what one should and shouldn’t listen to?

The vocals carry most of the emotional drive on No Rest. It feels as though the vocalist is genuinely upset and the shouting is real, as in not done for musical purposes. There is a lot of dissonance throughout No Rest and it adds the right touch to what is going on. Dissonance can be hard to execute, but hearing notes clash together in such a gentle, yet harsh way beside an angry dude shouting just goes together like a sandwich. Not every song has dissonance, but “Suicide Nets” is one of the songs that does it the best. “Suicide Nets” has this general sound of things breaking down. Like I said, I don’t know the lyrics so I didn’t say that based on the lyrics. The way the keys will change to lower keys and the resigning tone of the vocalist all give a broken down theme.

While it is hard to keep track of how many songs have passed, it is easy to tell when a different song is on, which is a good sign. I find it difficult to keep up with the fast-paced chaos that typically is math rock, but Fero Lux keeps it simply intricate. The repetition helps you understand the different components of each song, but it doesn’t repeat in such a way to be annoying or bland. Changes are present and appropriate. Many songs on No Rest do it but, “The Devil” and “Hearse Song” are structured pretty similarly.

Some songs are on another level and go in different directions. “Year of the Gnat” has like a breakdown, then a quiet section, then kind of back to normal. Then you have “Comrades” that is just on another level entirely. All of “Comrades” is slow and somber; perhaps the band is mourning their social ideals. “Bed of Fire” kind of picks up where “Comrades” left off, but definitely goes back to the heavier sound. “Bed of Fire” has a lot of really cool licks in between some riffs or chords, again sticking to the mathcore sound, but sticking out more than the rest of the album for a few reasons. It has the heavy and the peaceful elements, it’s the longest song, and has some of the best licks on the album. During the peaceful section, it slowly builds up to a more brash sound, but retains the slower speed.

No Rest is a pretty nice album. Mathcore is not something I can listen to all of the time, but when I do listen to it, No Rest will be something I return to in the future. I recommend this to Fall of Troy fans.

Rate: 7.8/10

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