I’m not sure what first drew me to The Turning Of Tides, the new album from the group called Your Pain Is Endearing. Perhaps its name called to me because I grew up near the ocean and the ever-changing tides are a corner stone of my life and psyche. Or maybe it’s because this has been a summer of trials for us here at We Love Metal and the idea of change, the turning of the tide, elevates in me a sense of hope. At any rate, the title of this five track disc caught my attention and I decided I had to hear what was on it.
Now I don’t know a whole lot about Your Pain Is Endearing (YPIE), other than they’ve been playing as a group for around four years and they’ve got four well coordinated and enthusiastic members. Beyond that I know they’re from Boston and this isn’t their first album and their sound is distinctly one of modern death metal. Honestly, I had not had the chance to hear YPIE play before so they were off my radar up to this point. Fortunately I’m dialed into them now.
As I just stated, YPIE is a modern death metal group and, in fact, I believe they could be held up as a prime example of death metal in the West. They have a high-energy, raw fast-paced sound. The group’s playing really blends together well in The Turning Of Tides and the instrumentals nicely compliment the vocals. Well, “nicely” isn’t a word often used to describe this flavour of metal, perhaps I should rephrase. The group is obviously well practiced and united in their vision for this album. They play with a ferocity and abandon which is inspirational. Perhaps the most distinct aspect of the group is vocalist Matt Phillippo. He sings, screams and calls like a grizzly gargling gravel. I’m not entirely sure if he’s entirely man or beast, a creature of land or water. His calls vibrate across this short CD like a demented siren.
As you might have gathered I was taken in by The Turning Of Tides, it’s an easy album to respect. If I had to poke a critical finger at it I might complain that the songs are a touch uniform, one flowing into the next without a lot of surprises. Of course I might also point out that, at five songs, I’d like this album to be longer. We reviewers are always hungry for more of what we like.
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