Album Review: Currents - 'The Death We Seek'
Currents fire on all cylinders and deliver one of its most innovative metallic efforts to date, The Death We Seek, following the enormous success of their 2020 full-release, The Way It Ends.
Currents is a band that continuously sets new standards in the metalcore scene. With every release, they overpower anything in their way with their intense instrumentalism and raw lyricism, providing emotionally dissonant album experiences unlike any other in the genre. With unrelenting rage, Currents has redefined what it means to be self-conflicted and discontent, with an overall sense of futility in their newest release, The Death We Seek.
The major highlight of the album "Over and Over" is the kinetic dark horse of The Death We Seek. It's a chaotic dance of delicate and titanic guitar riffs undercut with nostalgic metalcore chugging energies, making this a diamond-studded experience a joy to listen to from start to finish.
Currents continue to carry the fiery torch from their previous album, The Way It Ends, showcasing their vehement songwriting and genius production in their introductory experience, "The Death We Seek." Perfectly mastering their original art of combining chaotically expansive percussive elements, gorgeous ambient counterparts, and some of the most annihilative riffs that Currents have ever crafted, the band has crafted an explosive and cathartic first track that beautifully encapsulates how mature their sound has become over the past three years.
Other aggressive moments such as "Living In Tragedy" are booming with electronic and ethereal zest while consistently capitalizing on their massive guitar and multifaceted vocal talents before cutting to the second major highlight, "Unfamiliar."
"Unfamiliar" is a testament to their dedication to creating unique yet identifiable moments that are unmistakably Currents on The Death We Seek with care and thought. Its layers of melodic and bellicose tension paired multi-versatile vocal sections on this track provide fans the confidence that the band always considers their integrity and core intensity when making new records while exploring aspects of their sound.
Disquieting juncture, "So Alone" showcases Currents' skill in creating their signature post-apocalyptic world built on emotions of suffering, melancholy, and anger. Amid the thick, ponderous mania, there are passages of atmosphere, tranquillity, and stripped-back sorrow that contrast with massive breakdowns, a driving barrage of riffs, and black metal-like rhythms that make "So Alone" stand out among other tracks.
The major highlight of the album "Over and Over" is the kinetic dark horse of The Death We Seek. It's a chaotic dance of delicate and titanic guitar riffs undercut with nostalgic metalcore chugging energies, making this a diamond-studded experience a joy to listen to from start to finish. With its powerful and filthy vocal fury that blends wonderfully with its gigantic avalanche of guitar riffs and drumming, "Beyond This Road" follows the same overwhelming pattern.
Nothing can adequately prepare for the incredibly gravid cut, "Vengeance" and "Gone Astray," although both encounters before this are massive listening trips. Monstrous from beginning to end, Currents pushes the boundaries of what they can do with their sound on The Death We Seek.
The Death We Seek's final two songs, "Remember Me" and "Guide Me Home," serve as the album's coda. Both convey a melancholic yet undoubtedly vulnerable aspect that is honestly exhibited via their consciously poetic lyricism, utilization of dynamic atmosphere, and robust instrumentation. The album comes to a close by exploring the solitude, pain, trauma, and brokenness in the wake of a global epidemic.
With The Death We Seek, Currents crafts yet another theatrically captivating piece of storytelling. While unapologetically exposing the raw emotional feelings of abuse, depression, neglect, and adversity, Currents bravely overcame themes of uncertainty in the midst of a tensely chaotic moment in time. As a result, Currents has produced one of the best-written albums in their career.