Dependency - Convicted Record label: Blood and Ink
Release date: May 25, 2010
In the genre of hardcore, there seems to have been a big divide between what they call "tough-guy" hardcore and melodic hardcore in the past decade. The former being borderline, breakdown fight music for fist pumping meatheads and the latter being a very ambient approach to hardcore through twisting guitar lines, bare minimum breakdowns and emotional lyrics. Melodic may be the best way to describe Nashville based Christian quintet, Dependency, with their debut, Convicted.
With the start of this album, we hear a very fast paced punk intro in "Goliath" followed by vocalist, Kyle Fesmire's raspy barks speaking of redemption and perseverance. It builds up a full head of steam before suddenly halting for the guitarists, David Hobbs and John Michael McCasland to show off their melodic chops and intertwining lines. The title track that follows it makes a lasting impression with gang vocals that almost command crowd jumps and double time drumbeats. The songwriting is very inspirational. While the band members are very strong in their beliefs, it never feels forced or alienating to listeners.
By the time the touching instrumental, "Forgiven," and the pounding "Ready for Conflict," have passed, it becomes apparent that the band lean towards bands like Hundredth, It Prevails, and Life in Your Way (which Fesmire's voice seems to resemble). Which, in turn, shows maturity and almost makes them sound like they've been playing together for many more years than indicated.
Other gems like, "Vultures, Scavengers" show more signs of this band going places. The only setbacks of the album seem to be the scattered production quality and Fesmire's vocals not completely being able to hold strong among the solid instrumentals. However, given the amount of time these guys have been around these flaws are very easy to overlook. Fans of melodic hardcore can truly take heart that their genre is still alive and well through young bands like Dependency.