For Fans Of: Thrice, Brand New, Defeater, (early) Moving Mountains
We broke ground with MATTER for their first release ‘The Man’ back in 2012. Check out that coverage here. They’ve now grown harder and stronger from the outpouring of support and have unleashed Teraphim on April 29th 2014. It’s what found in their Bio that really told me these guys needs more attention than your average band –
To exist and and to be significant, these are the two very distinct yet inseparable definitions of one powerful word: Matter. From our very first jam in the summer of 2011, we as a band have always desired to live up to this simple term that has become our musical identity. We do not want to simply exist, but we are constantly striving to do things that make a real difference.
This album fluctuates betweens blistering fury and calm sleeper moments of emotion and sound. They’ve been hailed as revivalists of the post-hardcore genre of 10 years ago with Thrice’s Artist in the Ambulance, but Matter is paving their own path and doing it strictly on their own. The singer of the band turned them into a business enterprise dba MATTER RECORDS, and is the sole proprietor. That means they control 100% of the output of the music, as well as the money, donating portions of it to charities around the world.
The album opens up with “A Voice” which showcases the melodic structure and wastes no time getting into the hardcore element that Trice perfected so well. It’s a great opener to prepare your ears for what’s to follow.
The standout track is “Plague” which has immense weight and strength as it builds like a tidal wave towards the end. “Famine” is the solace of the album and leads you right back into the fury of “Sword”. A solid post-hardcore release that deserves every bit of attention.