Album Review: R U N - For You Will Never Find Peace Within Your Quiet

Artist: R U N

Album: For You Will Never Find Peace Within Your Quiet

Genre: Blackened Hardcore/Metalcore

Review by Brady Irwin

Blackened hardcore is something that was somewhat of a flash in a pan, a really cool melding that should’ve stuck around but was quickly ushered the door in favour of Aura Noir and Demilich ripoffs in a race to see who could either become the fuzziest, the most cavernous, or a combination of both.

R U N pretends to be neither of those, instead employing firebrand tough-guy hardcore with black metal fury and even some post-rock sensibilities. And it’s a relief to hear something heavy right now that pushes the envelope without hearkening back nor being coldly clinical.

Okay, it’s a short EP – time for business. Time to spell out ‘For You Will Never Find Peace Within Your Quiet’, by duo Lochlan Watt (of Triple J’s The Racket, Colossvs and Thy Art Is Murder/Psycroptic live vocalist fame) and Mike Deslandes (of the incredible YLVA/High Tension). Born lyrically and musically from great strife and personal pain, the swift EP is as aggressive as it is soulful.

Kicking off immediately with thick wall of tremolo, rasps, blasts and double-kicks, things move very quickly on "For You" downward from the intro to a feel that’s in step with the passionate metalcore of say, Poison The Well, as it is with atmospheric black metal tones. Lochlan’s vocals skillfully tread these lines with a mixture of rasps, howls and emotive barks, reinforced by the fluid movement between almost post-rock style arpeggios, more expansive drum fills and blast-heavy blackened sections. The chemistry between the duo is enmeshed perfectly with the push/pull sensation of skilled session skinsman Mark Taylor (Abandonment/Galaxy). That’s a lot of words for a three-and-a-half minute song, but there’s a lot going on here.

"Will Never" cuts in with a sharper palm-muted intro that implies a big breakdown, but instead heads straight into a frenetic tremolo riff, full of screeches and double-kicks. At a frantic pace, the aesthetic shifts from post-hardcore styled arpeggios and blasts, only briefly breaking into more open grounds before condensing back down into thrashier territory.

"Find Peace" (notice a trend in the titles?) chugs in even harder, an almost deathcore feel as a battering riff and snarls thump at you. From nowhere, as the blasts pick up, within the din there is a mixture of clean and harsh vocals that really conjures an early-to-mid-2000s hardcore vibe – if the entire thing was doused in black metal tar. Arpeggios that break out the corpse paint hang evilly for a second, then the whole thing condenses into a dissonant breakdown that may do things to the loins of any fan Converge or The Chariot. Damn, I’m so sold. This is top notch. I just hope there’s more than an EP’s worth to sink my teeth into in a live setting once COVID dies its’ last lonely, single-celled death.

"Within" is a much more insular and remorseful track. Speaking of death, it has a feeling of denouement, a brief lull that is powerful and purposeful. Shouted refrains over slower and more methodical guitar refrains drain out, tricking us into the impression of a quick interlude now finished. Nope, not over yet! After what feels like a warbling outro, the distortion wafts back in and we know we’ve gone and done it, yes sir, indeed. The final 90 seconds is a blasting, throaty roar of a sprint to the finish line, complete with the prior refrain to settle us back down again.

"Your Quiet" refuses to go out without a fight, as much as the title implies the opposite. Here, we see the dissonance of both the ‘core and black metal aesthetics jostling for space in a way that feels genuine, a push-pull between two musical forces that feels urgent, genuine and dynamic. Paying homage as much to Siberian Hell Sounds and Hope Drone as it does that post-hardcore band you caught one glimpse of at some gig in like, I don’t know, 2005, there is an enmeshment of passionate scene-kid fist-throwing and metalhead chin-stroking intellectualism on offer. A tight, punchy outro offers a satisfying conclusion to what is a brief but ultimately passionate, emotive, harsh and dynamic affair.

I feel the collective catharsis on offer, and I hope it is as refreshing for the artists as it is for us, the listeners. I am very excited for a full-length.

For You Will Never Find Peace Within Your Quiet is available now.

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