Label: Flatspot Records
Release Date: 07/02/2020
For Fans Of: Hatebreed, Crowbar, Jesus Piece
If you hadn’t noticed, hardcore is in a very exciting place at the minute. Almost every other week it feels like there is a new band bubbling away in the underground who are adding new layers and sounds to the melting pot, creating something that feels completely fresh. Although previous releases from Long Island five-piece Typecaste were very clearly rooted in the Hatebreed school of beatdowns and blast-beats, new EP Between Life, sees the band widen their influence pool a little more and pushes themselves into that exciting territory as another new strand of the hardcore renaissance emerges.
Rather than changing their sound, Typecaste have simply added to it. ‘Traverse’ opens with what seems like your standard pummelling riffage, but this is soon cut through by another guitar which is far closer to the hazy quality of Deftones in tone. That might sound strange on paper but it really does work. Simply adding this extra layer means that there are far more interesting dynamics at play than with the band’s previous releases. This spectrum of sound is greatly aided by the production job which means that everything feels sludgy yet bright – like wading through clear tar.
Speaking of sludge, there is also a lot of influence from the Louisiana scene which spawned Crowbar and Eyehategod. Whereas those bands sit back a little more and settle into their groove, Typecaste hit the turbo button on ‘Hypnagogic Hallucination’. The band’s vision truly becomes realised on closing track ‘Under The Wreath’. This is by far the most expansive song on Between Life, adding some clean vocals into the mix and moving through several distinct phases and is the perfect blend of their traditional hardcore core and the alt-metal shell that they have formed.
On Beneath Life, Typecaste have managed to retain their intensity while adding a lot more variety and colour to their sound. They are aggressive but know when to show restraint, and more impressively know how to blend the two together. As it becomes harder and harder to keep up with the ever-increasing number of hardcore bands, this is one release that deserves to be heard.
Recommended Track: ‘Under The Wreath’