The Betrayer's Judgement - Philosopher

6 songs
24:26 minutes
***** **
Twin Peak


Five really young looking guys try to break down the barrier between djent infused thrash metal and melodic post hardcore, and end up calling their genre progressive metalcore, which probably comes close to the reality. Their first EP Philosopher comes with five songs that run for about twenty minutes, to be followed by a remix to add five more minutes showing an alternative face of the band.

As I am probably twenty years older than the involved musicians, I have naturally different points of reference, but even an oldtimer like me isnít immune to the skills of this quintet from Northern France. Philosopher begins with Broken Mirrors, the song for which The Betrayerís Judgement has not only made a video clip, but which is also remixed at the end of the EP, but more about that later. The track begins with orchestral keyboards, before the band joins in with intricate guitar riffs and complex drum patterns. I even seem to discover some electronic gadgetry to make things even more contemporary. The chorus on the other hand is melodic post hardcore with clean vocals courtesy of one of the guitarists. The following Elapsed Time and Lights Out more or less continue in that vein, meaning orchestral synth arrangements, extreme metal with a definite progressive edge and more melodic clean vocals during the chorus. On the final two regular songs Philosopher and The Journey, the band decided to add less melodic elements, and frankly it works in their favour, as otherwise there would have been an undeniable pattern that could have robbed the EP of some of its suspense. The Algorithmís remix of Broken Mirror is a modern breakbeat reinvention of the source material. The original song is still recognisable, but it has become much more danceable in this version.

When all is said and done, we are left with the debut EP of a very promising young band. The songwriting is still a little predictable, especially during the first half, and I am also not overly fond of the all too present synthesizer arrangements, especially since the band has no full time keyboard player in their line-up. Another less subjective flaw is the production which puts the drums too much into the front of the mix, giving them way too much volume and actually even hiding the really good guitar riffing.

Philosopher is available on the The Betrayerís Judgementís Bandcamp site, and as you can pay what you like for this EP, I suggest you give it a good listen, and if you like it, you should support this new band by giving them a couple of euros for their efforts.

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