Stockholm, Sweden’s Feared are preparing to release their latest album Reborn on June 3.
Reborn features track rerecorded from Feared’s first two albums 2011’s Rejects and 2012’s Refeared.
Why did the band decide to take on the project of rerecording the best tracks of these two albums? Guitarist and founder Ola Englund commented:
“We always felt that the first two albums were not up to par with Furor Incarnatus, Vinter and Synder. Refeared and Rejects didn’t have real drums and it has a lot to be desired mixing job so we decided to revisit these two releases.
Reborn is a best of Refeared and Rejects totally re-recorded and revamped for the 10th anniversary. We believe the songs have much more to offer with real drums, better production, new mix, new master etc. We’re extremely proud about our whole catalogue and we want to thank our fans and followers for their constant support.”
Feared features Ola Englund (The Haunted, ex-Six Feet Under), Jocke Skog (ex Clawfinger, Aeckel), Kevin Talley (Suffocation, ex Dying Fetus, ex Black Dahlia Murder) and Mario Santos Ramos (Demonoid).
The band has compared their sound to Testament, Pantera and Periphery.
Check out my review of Reborn here.
Mixing the brutal death metal brutality the members of this band can certainly bring with sweeping guitar solos, piano and metalcore sung vocals, Reborn is an interesting cacophony of sounds and styles.
Listening to “Opening Scene” could be like listening to the beginning of a lot of different albums of different styles of heavy metal. I would not expect to be slung into the brutal beating that is “Fall of Man”.
Halfway through “Fall of Man” an epic vocal line is thrown in, breaking the growling and that plays into a lighter guitar solo breaking the chugging monotony that makes up the rest of the song.
After “Fall of Man” is “World Eater”. Mario Santos Ramos growls “It’s time to meet your maker now!”
The fourth track “Lords Resistance Army” starts off with a classic countdown, “One! Two! Three! Let’s Go!”
The track goes on to have the growling vocals overlaid with the melodic, bombastic singing.
Three-fourths the way through the song, right before another grandiose guitar solo, the song erupts into blast beats and chuggery.
Even though it would be different than the conventional style of the genre, I’m almost tempted to call what Feared does deathcore. It’s more accurately described (probably) as melodic death metal with metalcore growl-singing-growl-singing vocals.
The fifth track is “Our Dying World”. A track with the chorus lyric: “Don’t blame anyone // other than yourself // you’re the cause of all of this.”
The upside of this album comes from the same factors that might turn folks off (I had to listen to the album a few times before they grew on me, myself) – and that is that is the way that its sound can’t be pinned down into one genre.
The sixth track “The Morgue” starts off in an eerie symphonic way with a loud, haunting guitar plucking around you, and sung vocals that come straight out of a gothic nightmare. Whispers overlayed with a “Whooing”, Ramos weighing his voice heavy like syrup.
“The Turn”, the seventh track is, is a fifteen second static introduction to the pounding “Breaking The Cycle”.
The ninth track “My Last Line” starts off as the fastest and most brutal of all of the tracks on the album, before breaking into a style reminiscent of “The Morgue”, which itself builds back into speed and brutality. The song builds and breaks like this a handful of times in its almost five minutes. It is well worth the ride.
In the tenth track Ramos insists, “I will change // Everything around me!”
The eleventh track “OCD”, starts off with growls reminiscent of Novembers Doom, which it alternates with melodic vocals.
Exploring such a multitude of styles that some bands won’t or can’t explore in an entire career, Feared explored them in two albums and meshing them together in this one album makes Reborn feel sometimes chaotic and jarring. Other times, however, its refreshing.
This album may never be anyone’s “Album of the Year”, but it certainly holds its own and is worth the first listen… or six.