REVIEW: Your Demise – The Golden Age


Band: Your Demise
Album: The Golden Age
Genre: Pop-punk/Hardcore
Label: Visible Noise/Distort Entertainment

Since their formation in ’05 Your Demise has shared the stage with numerous hardcore acts; The Devil Wears Prada, Parkway Drive, A Day to Remember and Enter Shikari to name a few. And the charm of Your Demise is that they have always able to take that bombastic energetic fervor of their live shows and capture that feeling on their albums.

The band’s most recent release The Golden Age, while colored as more of a pop-punk album than their previous releases, still has that middle-of-the-mosh-pit-intensity.  It also doesn’t hurt that Golden Age features an impressive list of guest vocalists; Josh Franceschi from You Me At Six, Jason Butler from letlive, David Wood from Down to Nothing and Terror, Theo Kindynis from Last Witness, Ajay Jones from Brutality Will Prevail, Louis Gauthier from Breaking Point and, finally, Dannika Webber from Evarose.

Golden Age opens up with a kick to the teeth and a punch to the gut as Ed McRae announces,”  “the golden age is coming and there’s nothing that you can do,” with a snarl and a bark. “Push Me Under” has  all the claustrophobic chaos and energy of any basement show. McRae’s vocals are spat out in furious bursts while Daniel Osborne and Stuart Paice’s guitar riffs arc, race, tear through the cacophony. “Paper Trails” is most pop oriented track on The Golden Age and is a bit reminiscent of early-Yellowcard. The highlight of the track is Dannika Webber’s vocal contributions. However, despite all of the pop-punk melodics “Paper Trails” does not feel out of place among the album’s harder tracks. Opening with a thick, sludgy bass line and McRae snarling, “I’ll loose my mind every night,” “The Colour of Envy” is one of more brutal tracks on The Golden Age. Webber’s bright, warm vocals make a return appearance amidst the sound and fury of Your Demise – adding an enjoyable dynamic contrast.

Brash, bratty and delivered with a sneer, The Golden Age is a contender for one of the year’s best pop-punk/hardcore albums.

Score: 7/10
Review written by: Ethan Merrick

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