Feed Her To The Sharks
Amazing, technical and massive Australian metalcore
"Feed Her To The Sharks are a metalcore band based in Melbourne, Australia. They released their debut album in early 2010 called 'The Beauty of Falling'.They are said to be one of the most underated metal acts in the new generation of metalcore bands."
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Feed Her To The Sharks - Take Me Back
Australia, the continent whose mere mention conjures up images of kangroos, kola’s, the sound of didgeridoos, and it’s vast surfing coasts. It may seem strange that one of it’s main exports is amazing rock and metal, but for anyone who’s been paying attention to the Australian music scene in the last couple of years, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Perhaps its killer hot summer, lethal animals species and shark infested waters have paved the way for the continent’s current wave of devastating metal bands. While a great deal have achieved widespread success and global exposure, there is one band that is arguably the most under rated metalcore band in the world.
Brutal, technical, melodic and most importantly creative, Feed Her To The Sharks, are the cream of the crop when it comes to metalcore, yet mystifyingly, they are relatively unknown. With a mere 2 albums released, they are on par with king core bands such as, As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage, August Burns Red, and are well above their peer bands.
Each member behind the five piece band hold’s incredible talent and industrious diligence. Take for example, lead vocalist Andrew Vanderzalm. His emotive vocal delivery come’s across in his fierce snarling screams, his behemoth death growls or his amazing melodic clean singing. Yes, Andrew is more than a capable screamer and growler, switching between his snarls and death growls with impeccable timing for devastating effects, but his clean singing might stand above it all. It’s melodic and consistent, flawless yet natural, and most importantly pleasing to the ear. You’ll find no inexplicably whiney, raspy or lackluster cleans. The likes which seem to plague the modern metalcore/post-hardcore genres.
The guitarists of this band do a great job of supplying the riffage. While they do employ pedal point riffs and powerchords ( what band doesn't?), they interlace the style with lightening fast and complex riffs more commonly found in technical metal. Tight alternate picking, arpeggio runs, finger tapping, and melodic shapes neighbor the bands destructive breakdowns and deceptively hard pedal point riffage. Marinos Katsanevas takes point on the lead guitar playing and the occasionally solo with Kim Choo right behind, providing the tight rhythm section and tasteful electronic effects.
The mention of electronic effects should not scare anyone away. Most modern bands in the scene like to be very in your face with the electronic effects in their music. This is not the case with Feed Her To The Sharks. You’ll find no signs of dubstep, techno or disc scratching. Instead you’ll find carefully crafted synths and fx passages that intertwine with the music and add musical finesse. Further separating Feed Her To The Sharks from the rest of the bands out there is the creativity behind the band’s guitar playing. It may not be groundbreaking, but the band does have interesting and creative guitar riffs usually not heard in the genre. Enhanced by delays, stutters and programmed fx, courtesy of Kim Choo.
The final two pieces of the band are the members who bring the earth moving low end. Bassiest Rob Davies and drummer Jan Benkwitz. Rob does his job well and can hold his own against the blazing fast riffs of the guitars and the massive pummeling issued by the drums. The drum sound of the band is clearly an important one and Jan is responsible for this aspect. Benkwitz. is clearly a speed demon, achieving double bass drumming at 200bmps and executing complex fills more appropriate of a technical death metal drummer. His aggressive fury and machine gun drumming brings the devastation and heaviness.
Image provoking lyrics and water related songs titles tie the bands theme together of being "fed to the sharks".
On The band’s debut album, The Beauty Of Falling, they demonstrate and embody what they have become know for. Amazing metalcore. Creative riffs, punishing drums, great cleans and massive breakdowns make up the album. On the band’s follow up, Savage Seas, the band continue with their sound, refining it to a frightening lethal weapon. Savage Sea’s was without a doubt one of 2013's best metalcore releases and easily blew away the majority of the competition. If you have yet to hear Savage Seas I implore you to listen to it. Likewise, The Beauty of Falling is a must, especially if you’re looking for some of that creativity I mentioned.
If you’re a fan of massive breakdowns, melodic clean singing, technical riffs and furious drumming definitely check out Feed her To The Sharks. Tell your friends too. More people need to know about this band. And if you can, support them through merch or buy their albums. These guys so deserve it.
Feed Her To The Sharks - Buried Alive