Friday 22 September 2017


GenresPunk / Rock / Post-Hardcore / Alternative
Related artistsD.O.T.C., Secret In Defense, Spitback and Oursecondtorture.
CountryKuantan MALAYSIA
Years Active2016-present
Song: "Fallen Empire"
Album: "The Fall The Rise"
Year: 2017
For fans ofAt The Drive In, Sparta, For The Mathematics, The Mars Volta, Thursday, The Sound Of Animals Fighting, Encrypt Manuscript, Gran Casino, Beast Jesus, Life In Vacuum, I Am Alaska, Lucertulus, Trapdoor Fucking Exit and Christiansen.
Label(s): Self Released / Utarid Tapes / ISU Recs
This post's artist is from the August 2017 Mix. This is track #8.
You can download: the September 2017 Mix#9 right here or get the new October 2017 Mix#10 here.

I really do listen to everything I'm sent. Sometimes it's obvious if something will be a good fit or not. Other times I am unable to muster up preconceived notions for a variety of reasons, and when I read a message asking me to check out At The Drive In, Sparta and Glassjaw inspired CANTILEVER, I kinda threw my arms up and said, "Well...fuck, I dunno. Let's give'er a go." And I did. And I was pretty impressed. I'm additionally stoked because this is their debut. And, Malaysia seems to be poppin' these last few years. Let's take a quick look at the tracks.

Firstly, the EP is titled 'The Fall The Rise' and it leads off with a short, spacey intro that blasts into a short stab at full tilt before recoiling into a looped guitar fade out that flatlines at 1:10. Up next is "Runaway", an awkward, jarring and early At The Drive In-sounding track with clean vocals midway through the song. It has its moments but doesn't reach the height of later tracks. "Enigmas" gets things back on track with a rousing with 5:36 of dancey hardcore with yelling. Again At The Drive In comparisons are unavoidable, especially with the guitars that take hold at 1:03. Despite the obvious influence it holds its own and adds a smooth spin on the often replicated sound. "The Death of Steve" is the third track, taking the faster, heavier bits from the previous track and condensing it all down to 2:12. Although an extremely unlikely influence, this song sounds quite a bit like For The Mathematics both instrumentally and vocally, so I'd recommend that everyone check out that band, too. Perhaps it's the closer that steals the show, as the interesting but not groundbreaking material prior don't pack the earnest vocals and consistent riffs put forth on "Fallen Empire". The injection of dual vocals and the most cohesive melodies seem to stem from The Mars Volta and Sparta, both of At The Drive In's subsequent incarnations. Should you check out one song from this band, I'd recommend it being this. That being said, the band has a new track called "Cut For Nothing" being premiered shortly that will give this final song a run for its money.

Well played, folks. Thanks for the submission and keep up the good work!



2017 - The Fall The Rise cd/cassetteEP (stream some songs here and the rest here)


(2017) CANTILEVER - "Fallen Empire" (from 'The Fall The Rise') official music video

(2017) CANTILEVER - "Death of Steve" (from 'The Fall The Rise') official music video

(2017) CANTILEVER - "Enigmas" (from 'The Fall The Rise')


CANTILEVER additional links


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