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Death of an Era
The Great Commonwealth
June 2013
Released: 2013, Razor & Tie Records
Rating: 1.0/5
Reviewer: Peter Atkinson

The second EP by Columbus, Ohio's, Death of an Era is pretty much everything that most people have come loathe about death-core. The needless complexity, the borderline tunelessness, the deluge of breakdowns, the intrusive and unnecessary electronics, and the shriek-and-growl shit-fit vocals (with some clean singing, predictably, added for good measure), it's all here.

Take Suicide Silence, Winds of Plague and Whitechapel, throw 'em in a blender and hit puree, and this is what you get. It's a soupy mess that is really nothing you haven't heard ad nauseum – or done somewhat better, comparatively - by any number of other bands over the past couple years, and sadly probably won't be the last of it as kids seem to keep lining up form bands just like this. And with the bar set this low already, that's a frightening proposition.

Aside from some nifty, albeit brief, harmonized guitar solos and Michael Cooper's impeccable drumming – kudos to him for being able to keep time with the dog's breakfast of stop/start nonsense his bandmates throw at him – there's not much to say in Death of an Era's favor. That there's only six songs here might be the only other thing.
Track Listing

1. Create, Sustain
2. P.O.S.
3. Shapeshifter
4. The Helpless Settlement
5. American Dictation
6. A Mother's Love


Daniel Simpson - vocals
Nathan Stewart - guitar
Dustin Collin - guitar
Chris Cooper - bass
Michael Cooper - drums

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