Kansas City, Missouri heavy metal innovators The Browning are making a gigantic return with the follow up to 2013′s Hypernova.
The Browning blasted onto the scene in 2005. Originally the project was the solo project of Jonny Mcbee (former-As Blood Runs Black).
The band wouldn’t make a lasting impression until they released Burn This World (Earache) in 2011.
Across Burn This World and Hypernova (2013) the band has pulled from styles such as EDM, Electronicore, Trance, Dubstep, Hardstyle and Techno as well as Deathcore and Metalcore to meld their impressively unique sound that brings together the heaviest each of these styles has to offer in an infectious way that will leave you wanting more.
Now, after signing on to Spinefarm Records The Browning is back and are preparing to release Isolation on Friday, June 24.
Check out my review of this gargantuan album here.
If “Cynica” doesn’t get your blood pumping, then you have no more to do than to wait for “Pure Evil”. The track oozes in with thick, dark electronic beating before dropping and giving way to the declaration, “I am pure evil.”
The song then drops back into the electronic pounding as Jonny McBee insists, “I am pure evil!”
I was never much a fan of electronic music before I got into The Browning and while I don’t ever see myself going to a rave, I would love to go to a The Browning show and bounce around to “Pure Evil” until the song fades away at the end and I can collapse onto the floor or the barricade or the bar.
That is the dominating theme of this album. It demands movement. It demands some form of rhythmic gyration as much as it demands a fist full of metal horns or a stiff middle finger up in the air. By half way through “Isolation” (the third song), the album starts to do what electronic music does, lure you into a sense of safety in the bouncing rhythm of the pulsating waves of electronica.
Then, as quickly as it lured you in, McBee screams: “No one can save me! // No one can hear me scream!” And you’re reminded again that you’re still listening to a metal album.
The opening to the fifth track “Fallout” is another standout moment. And the chorus gang vocals that bounce against McBee’s growl, “We live in the fallout! // We will slowly fade out,” secures “Fallout” as one of the best songs on the album.
In a time ruled by instrumental-driven-soft-indie-post-prog-melo-whatever on one side of the spectrum and br00tal-trve-cvlt-elitist-whatever on the other The Browning just offers honest music that is made for no one else other than the person making it.
And of course, as with everything in life, it cannot be pretended that this will be for everyone but everyone should listen to The Browning at least once, and then two more times for good measure.
In the song “Hex”, a short song coming in just under three minutes, McBee growls “I ask why me?! Why do you choose to torment me!” The song ends eerily with an echoing sample of someone asking the question, “Did the universe need a creator?”
The ninth track is “Phantom Dancer”. It includes some of the heaviest and most unique work on the album, and if the slamming sound of metallic-electronica doesn’t get you, maybe the lyric “This is not a nightmare! // This is reality! // This is not a nightmare! // This is reality!” will.
Arguably the piece de resistance of Invasion is “Disconnect” featuring Frankie Palmeri of Emmure.
If you feel as if you’re living in isolation, it may be worthwhile to check out this album and if you’ve never listened to The Browning before, make it the very next thing that you do.