A Monterey Jack cheese takes about a month to mature and Blue cheese takes 3 to 6 months. Parmesan? 9 to 12. Why am I talking about the maturity of cheese when I’m supposed to be talking about this awesome album The Dark Pool by Thornhill?
It might not seem relevant, but it’ll all come together at the end so keep reading. I’ll be the first to say that I’m not a fan of this type of heavy guitar tone. There is something a little plastic about it – but to be fair, not everything I listen to has to sound like my old 30-watt bedroom peavey. At some point, I’ll have to grow up and just embrace the change. Aside from this minor flaw in my own perception, the album is masterful. The vocals are very talented, with a fantastic range from a sweet singing voice to harsh screaming. The guitars weave between heavy and soft as well, giving the album a stack of diversity and at times melodic clarity. The drums sound full but sit well in the mix.
The whole offering shows how Australia can produce some of the best metalcore in the world, but there is a distinct feeling that these guys are not done. There’s something more to be said and they’re still figuring out what that is. Like the cheeses mentioned above, there is a sort of ‘maturing’ that happens in metal bands, a sort of coming out of adolescence and moving towards adulthood. A ‘becoming’ if you will, and I hear it in this mix, and it makes me damn excited to hear what these guys will do in the future. Suitable for those who enjoy a cheese platter with a nice glass of red.
Release Year: 2019
Label: UNIFIED MUSIC GROUP
Reviewed by Liam Frost-Camilleri