Death’s Final Breath hails from Murrieta, California, they play deathcore in its purest form. They currently have a demo out on Soundcloud consisting of ten tracks for your ear holes. Being so new to the scene, Death’s Final Breath has some work to do to break through the muddied waters that is deathcore. With plenty of bands that aim for this particular style of chugging riffs, heavy bass drop breakdowns, and mid range to deep guttural vocals, what can a band do to set themselves apart from the rest?
What Death’s Final Breath does well from the intro is establish that there is a certain ambiance to their style of play. They incorporate keyboards very well creating a different kind of energy making the music not just break down oriented, and not just focusing on break down after break down is a good thing. While there are break downs here-of the heavy bass drop variety-it doesn’t take away from what they are trying to establish. And what they are trying to establish is that they can wade through the murky swamps of deathcore valley.
Escaping from deathcore valley is a chore all on its own. Above I asked what could separate one deathcore band from the rest. A lot of deathcore bands-I should say most-are now including some ambiance to their brand of music. I know I keep bringing ambiance up, but with the addition of keyboards now so prominent in deathcore, there needs to be something else to break away from the pack. Vocals? Perhaps. Death’s Final Breath provides some provocative vocals. Well placed break downs escaping from the break down first, content later stigma? Perhaps that as well. Death’s Final Breath doesn’t just focus on break downs first, but content, then break downs. In the song The Devil Almost Won and arguably their best song on the demo, they have some very well placed slower, melodic pieces kind of almost showcasing as a guitar solo of sorts.
Innovation is key in a genre like deathcore. Adding little things here and there can be the difference maker between blending in with the rest of deathcore valley, or stepping outside of the box and standing separate from the pack. With a little more time and honing of skills, Death’s Final Breath could escape from the crowded genre. Before I sign off, I really enjoyed the bonus tracks. I would encourage to keep doing that. Everyone likes bonus material. The last bonus track and my personal favorite, is Alone. It’s a great acoustic piece still including the break downs, and ambiance. Maybe that right there will be a difference maker. I say keep it up Death’s Final Breath, I will be looking forward to what you have to offer next.