Founded in 2011, this metalcore band hailing from Montreal, Quebec, Canada is returning for their third studio album titled: “Mad Season“. Obey The Brave are relatively new on the scene, however three albums and an EP in 6 years isn’t anything to scoff at.
“Mad Season” is an album that’s typical of what you’ve come to expect from a metalcore band. Growling screams contrasted with clean or semi-clean vocals, heavy distorted guitar riffs and fast drum beats, supported with some kind of melodic chant throughout their songs. Unfortunately to say this band doesn’t bring anything new to table, but hey! Maybe that’s what separates them from the rest?
The first track on the album “On Thin Ice,” gives newcomers a pretty clear indication where these guys come from. If the maple leaf on the album cover wasn’t obvious enough, this song’s individual logo and title are hockey themed.
This song kicks in with a thundering drum beat before a resounding “GAME ON!” and your standard metalcore verses in all their… “glory”. The chorus isn’t bad in any regard, but it’s nothing special.
Tracks “Drama,” and “On Our Own“, second and third respectively, were given music videos. Unfortunately, there’s really not much to say about these two songs. As aforementioned earlier in the article, they both follow the metalcore formula a little too close for enjoyment. They’re repetitive and don’t bring much to the table. I suppose on the upside if you’re looking for a 6 minute song, you can essentially combine the two as they’re pretty difficult to distinguish from one another.
If there’s one track I’m giving this band massive kudos for, it’s “97 Again,” and It comes in fifth on the list. It brings something memorable to our ears with a song that’s very influenced by good ol’ fashioned punk rock, the chorus and the bridge speak for itself. Vocalist Alex Erian sings in a way that’s unique to this song and it’s very reminiscent of some angsty punk tunes while blending the metalcore sound in nicely. Personally I think they pulled it off extremely well and I’d love to hear more of this and less of what was playing before.
Moving on, there’s not much to say about the next few songs as they all follow the same formula and aren’t anything memorable. “Les Temps Sont Durs,” is aggressive and fast, “Low Key,” at a 1:39 runtime is aggressive and short, “The Distance,” is aggressive, yet anthemic in the chorus. “Feed The Fire,” is a decently enjoyable tune, but nothing that’s separate from the rest.
The last thing I’d like to talk about is “RIP“. It’s a straight up rap song, blending Hip/Hop and Rap elements with a heavy, screamed chorus and a breakdown. It’s not a terrible song, it’s just feels out of place in the album.