Rock City’s basement made for an intimate host for Australian deathcore quintet Make Them Suffer, on the last show of the UK leg of their world tour promoting their latest album World Apart .
They are known for their use of a keyboard, which gives them an edge and distinguishes them from their contemporaries and this is especially evident on tracks such as Uncharted from their newest release, as Booka Nile’s keys and melodic vocals provide an ambient, almost relaxing layer over dynamic leads and catchy hooks.
As expected, their setlist was primarily composed of songs from Worlds Apart , but fans of their older material were definitely not disappointed when breakdowns from previous albums hit. However, it is somewhat jarring to hear them play one of the newer tracks, such as the progressively inclined Uncharted before an older song, namely the heavier and more traditional deathcore riffing of Weeping Wastelands from their debut Neverbloom .
While the symphonic elements are still apparent they are noticeably different, sounding like they accompany the rest of the band’s instrumentation as opposed to intertwining with it like on the newer tracks. This goes to show how much a band can evolve their style between releases, and judging by the audience’s reactions both are equally welcome.
Supporting the headliners were metallic hardcore outfit Cursed Earth (from Perth), whose short but furious set did an amazing job at hyping up the crowd for the rest of the night. Paris’ progressive metalcore group Novelists also appeared, with a set not quite as varied as Make Them Suffer’s but one that still managed to showcase how they developed their own sound over the years into the melodic, djenty grooves one would come to expect from them.
The crowd was noticeably energetic throughout the night, whether they were singing along to the verses in Vortex (Interdimensional Spiral Hindering Inexplicable Euphoria) or throwing down to chugging guitar sections from Ether ; on this night the audience definitely weren’t the ones suffering.