The Charm The Fury – The Social Meltdown
Amsterdam’s The Charm The Fury seem to be the current ‘it’-band in modern metalcore. With nearly 11.000 likes on Facebook (at the time of writing), their music streaming on 3voor12’s Luisterpaal, an interview in Metal Hammer UK, being backed by several sponsors, a pretty huge crowd watching their set on the Macbeth-stage at Groezrock 2012 and some higher profile support slots, it’s safe to say this band is doing well. So, is this mainly due to the fact that TCTF has a very attractive female vocalist (I know, it shouldn’t matter at all, but since Caroline features pretty heavily in the band’s promotional efforts, just look at the band name alone, I don’t think they’ll blame me for asking this question) or is it all based on musical merit? Let’s have a listen!
In my opinion, anybody sceptic about this band’s musical abilities should be silenced by the opening track of this 5 song debut EP alone. Channeling the best work of later Walls of Jericho, ‘The Social Meltdown’ is as catchy as it is brutal, with an awesome chorus that aches to be screamed along. The other four songs are a bit less straight forward and combine the heavy melodies of bands like Underoath and Oh, Sleeper with August Burns Red-styled metal, resulting in lots of breaks and twists and turns. Add a touch of Every Time I Die’s Southern bravado and you have TCTF’s sound pretty much summed up. Caroline both has a heavy growl (that again reminds me a lot of Walls of Jericho’s Candice) and a beautiful singing voice. Not unimportantly, she’s able to pull both off live with ease.
The production and packaging of this self released EP are both top notch and there is no doubt In my mind The Charm The Fury will be signed by a label soon. Whether they will solidify a place for themselves in the already vastly overcrowded metalcore market remains to be seen, but I’d say they’re off to a good start.