The author G.K. Chesterton once said, “There’s a lot of difference between listening and hearing.” Never is this more true than with music, an art that can be felt with the body while being examined by the mind. Providing a new sample of material to experience on both levels is Wisconsin’s metalcore five piece Conveyer. No longer newcomers, the band is set to release their second studio (third full) album in June. With a vehemence that seems an extension of the band’s past, the hardcore exoskeleton stands strong while their inner heart remains softened to a faith worth spreading.
The soon-to-be-released No Future proves to be a rampant expansion of the harsh-but-appealing sound of 2015’s When Given Time to Grow. To listen to No Future is to absorb a generous supply of breakdowns, a bounty of heavy riffs, and often times violent bouts of drumming. As one might expect, unclean vocals are the rule, not the exception; this is so much the format, the very carefully-chosen use of melodic vocals stands out in glaring contrast. The band’s urgency is deliberately conveyed in the intense performances repeated consistently on each track.
To hear this album it is to receive firsthand accounts of reclaimed life from harm on a level that transcends from a personal to a global perspective. Nearly every track can provide a different perspective and look into what has risen from the ashes of pain. Tracks like “Disgrace” give a voice to the disgust vocalist Ty Brooks holds for the inherited, antiquated ways that have painted the world. There’s also a hard line the band pushes for a better future and to leave more for our next generation. The title track is a peek into what this world holds if it continues on the current path, a proclamation of the oft-repeated lifestyle choice amongst Christians, “In this world, not of it.”
On a grand scale, this album condemns the flawed nature we personally carry, which leads to unavoidable external destruction. This music is as much a confirmation of a grave need for God’s grace as it is an outcry against the evil in us all, the impetus for the downfall of civilization. No Future is a lot of things: a high concentration of solid hardcore tracks, a path to healing, a foreboding warning of the future, a shedding of personal guilt. One thing it is not: a self-fulfilling prophecy for Conveyer, whose future in the metalcore game is indeed very bright.