The New Chapter is the new album to Reject The Sickness is a five-piece band from Belgium that has been shredding metal since 2010. The sound of Reject The Sickness’ music qualifies as modern and to-the-point. The band most often is labelled metalcore. While the band in some aspects is metalcore, the inspirational triggers for their music for a considerable part hail from the golden age of melodic death metal. These guys are in many ways actually trying to defining giving shape and substance to a genre that often is trapped in anonymity. Larding it with influences from their own musical heroes such as Black Datlia Murder and At The Gates, evoking a total sound and ambiance that also should charm the fans of All Shall Perish. The song Dissconect,
Idleness is the devil’s workshop is a proverb that Belgium’s Reject The Sixness loathes with an intensity that matches their music. Last year they released the album The Weight Of Silence that not only opened new doors, it also announced a time of changes. The welcoming of two new members, bassist Jonas Messiaen and lead guitarist Zoran Van Bellegem, was the most crucial one. Secondly, Reject The Sickness tore down their trusted Clean And Dirty studio and the brand-new EP The New Chapter is the last ever recording in that studio. It’s symbolic for the musical content of the three new songs. The song Reset,
With this EP, Reject The Sixness is reshaping their music and their future and like the song titles suggest, they needed to push the Reset button and Disconnect partially from their past. The New Chapter was composed with a lot of input from Zoran Van Bellegem. While the result sounds 100% Rejcet The Sixness, this EP functions as a coming of age ritual during which the band shaped their distinct sound. Gone is the yoke of explaining their sound through the obligatory name throwing of bands that inspired them as well as any past associations with metalcore. The typical melody and signature tempo shifts of the early nineties melodic Swedish death metal still shine through in a select amount of sequences, yet they are no longer a purpose on to themselves. The song Burning Soil,
The bottom line: Reject The Sixness rebranding their sound into a lethal cocktail of death and thrash metal that endorses both efficiently located melody and a new-found dimension of aggression and grimness tightly conspiring with a deadly dynamic created through razor-sharp breaks and a bigger emphasis on speed. The result is an outspoken militant and mechanical atmosphere which easily competes with Fear Factory and Strapping Young Lad without ever copying them.