Review: The Charm The Fury – The Sick, Dumb & Happy
Written by Mason Powell
I like pushing my listening boundaries because I usually find some gems out there. Metalcore is a genre I usually struggle to find redeemable, but occasionally you run across a band worth talking about. The Charm The Fury is worth a visit.
The Dutch metallers dropped their first EP, “The Social Meltdown” in 2012 and their first LP, “A Shade of My Former Self” in 2013. Their new release dropped March 17, 2017, and, to these ears, is the best of what they have to offer so far.
Caroline Westendorp fronts this band and I cannot say enough about her vocal chops. Her talent is what kept me cramming this album in my skull.
Don’t get me wrong, the band is sharp as hell but what you will quickly recognize is that this is no standard approach. With the growl-depth of David Gunn (King 810) and the finesse of the most delicate pop singer, Westendorp proves that this album can stand against a genre that is quick to discriminate. While not ignoring her clean-singing talent, 90% of this album is filled with a scream equaled by few.
My criticism of this album is that it rides too closely to standard metalcore offerings. I’m not a fan of most of the clean singing on the album, but objectively it is done well and Westendorp brings what only a female fronted metalcore outfit could provide. You may also knock your head on some of the electronic ambient sounds on this album, perhaps a little too much for my taste as it leans this album in a much too radio-friendly direction than I usually prefer.
There are a couple moments during the tunes that introduce some of the male metalcore clean singing and if there was a mistake made on this album, that is it. The band is great, but are much better suited for their instruments than any amount of vocal performance.
Westendorp, while still clean singing, provides at least something unique with her haunting approach to clean singing on a metal album. If I’ve got to listen to clean singing on a metal album, I’ll take her approach any time.
What kept me plowing the fields on this album is the classic metal guitar tones and extremely heavy hitting changes, turnarounds, and breakdowns – the band behind Westendorp can clearly slay.
This album, while presenting a pretty standard metalcore offering, does have something for the more classically minded metal-head. Give it a chance and I think you will be surprised. If The Charm The Fury signals the roadmap for modern metalcore, I think we can expect some good things.
If you want to explore a non-traditional metacore album, this is the one for you. If you have been disappointed by other metalcore, as most of us have, give The Charm The Fury a chance. I have a feeling that as the genre evolves over the next decade, their sound is something we’ll hear more of. 7/10
Metal on, metal heads.