Conveyer - No Future
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Conveyer are a melodic hardcore/metalcore band hailing from Eau Claire, Wisconsin that formed in 2011, and have been steadily pumping out material since. Their 2013 debut, Worn Out, was self-released, and their sophomore effort, When Given Time to Grow, was put out by the infamous Victory Records in 2015. I had first heard of the band around a few months ago, when Connecticut hardcore outfit Lift plugged their upcoming record, No Future, on their Instagram page. Being a fan of the melodic form of hardcore/metalcore pioneered by bands such as Shai Hulud, With Honor, and Misery Signals, I took a listen to “Whetstone,” the first single off the record, and while I enjoyed it, I didn’t find myself too excited for the record’s release. Oddly enough, however, I was pleasantly surprised to find that No Future, despite being a bit of a late bloomer, is a solid record 100% percent worth your time.
Conveyer don’t really strive to reinvent the wheel on this LP; dissonant-yet-melodic minor leads and chords dot the record from start to finish, with vocalist Danny Adams giving impassioned deliveries of lyrics describing heartache, death, and religion. Guitarists Ty Brooks and Nick Matako do what they do better than most of the dime-a-dozen melodic bands in the hardcore scene these days. Sometimes the guitarwork can be just a little samey, with the verse riffs of both “Whetstone” and “Haunt” being almost identical. It’s something that would be passable if the songs were maybe on different sides of the record, but they’re right after each on the tracklisting, which makes the similarity a little jarring.
Earlier I mention that this record is a “late bloomer,” by which I mean that while the first half of No Future is adequate, the band really comes into their own on the second half of the record, starting with “Levity.” The song begins with a quiet intro before exploding into a wall of melodic sound as Adams yells “Spinning away from our youth (from ourselves) / weaving in and out of regret.” The band pulls zero punches from here, with the title track and “Carrier” especially sure to get the mosh going at shows across the country. “Parting Words” is a fitting and touching album closer about the loss of a friend as the album fades out.
Production wise, the album sounds great. Recorded by Greg Thomas (ex-Misery Signals, Shai Hulud, etc) and Chris Teti (of The World Is… fame) at Silver Bullet Studios in Connecticut, the guitars carry a good amount of punch for when the band decides to get heavy, and the leads cut into the mix well. The drums hit hard and Adams’ vocals are mixed so that they don’t get lost in the wall of sound or overwhelm it, either.
Despite its slow start, No Future is a fine melodic hardcore record that fans of the genre will definitely enjoy. No, it doesn’t break any ground, and some of the songs might blend a little, but it’s certainly worth checking out. Despite playing an oversaturated genre, Conveyer manage to make a memorable record and prove they, contrary to what the record’s title might suggest, have a future within their scene.
FFO: Counterparts, Shai Hulud, Misery Signals.
- Cesar G.