Dweller - Dweller
Record Label: Independent
Release Date: May 31, 2011
Dweller are a 5 piece alt metal/metalcore band from Aberdeen, Scotland.
How is it?
Heavy, dark, and absolutely dreary. Oceana comes first in the RIYL for a reason. While the instruments bear a good deal of similarity to Birth.Eater, the true motive behind my comparison is that even though they take their own unique form, the vocals have a consistently strong exudation of heartwrenching pessimism, and the lyrics are somewhat graphic and deeply sorrowful. Seemingly centering on each perspective of the story of a rape victim aborting her ex-husband's child as a result of a relationship gone extremely awry (in my opinion), it's easily apparent as to why.
Rather disappointingly in comparison to the depth of the subject matter, the music itself doesn't have that much new to offer. Dweller adds elements of grunge and metalcore to their alt metal base to produce the extremely dark feel on the EP. Sludgy, heavily distorted bass is prevalent in each track. Dweller have done themselves a favor in reducing screams to a mere background effect, as it avoids gambling with preserving the emotion in the cleans and instead adds to the appeal. A welcome transition lies in the middle of "Deceiver", which has a stripped down guitar melody, creating beauty which somehow compliments the overall somberness.
Dweller's self-titled EP has some fantastic lyrical content and vocal delivery, which in my opinion more than makes up for its lack of originality musically. If you're a fan of hard rock or metalcore that is dark both musically and lyrically, this EP is definitely worth your time and a purchase.