Deathcore is a relatively new genre. At the same time, multiple waves have already come and gone, giving the genre plenty of old and new bands to populate its ranks. One of these newer bands if Footage of a Yeti, a band that while on the surface doesn’t seem to be anything extraordinary, the way they handle their songwriting, and take genre tropes and make them unique makes this a band that stands out among the crowd of modern deathcore bands. Their most recent release, an EP titled “Purging the Human Condition” is a great demonstration of this style of writing. “D.R.E.A.M.” is the opening track on this album, and is a strong start. By combining deathcore’s signature heaviness while adding a dark tone with some rougher production, this track is a good demonstration of what this band is about. The guitar work on this track is solid, as is the writing, allowing for this EP to kick off on the right foot.
Up next is the first part in the two-part title track, “Purging the Human Condition I”. With a very heavy opening, the band begins this song by taking no prisoners. This track is a slower paced track, with a nice riff, a well-executed breakdown, and an evil sounding tone that makes this song sound complete. The second part of the song, “Purging the Human Condition II” is next, and continues what the first part started. This one is a bit faster, and features more well-written sections. The band executes another good breakdown on this song, showing the band know how to work within the constraints of the genre. “Wretched World” is the next song, and has a haunting opening guitar, before leading into the main body of the song. This song has a dark tone, and some really good writing. The solo towards the end of this album is also worth mentioning, and like a lot of this album, is well executed. “Hell Gate” has an ambient opening, and combines an extremely heavy rhythm section with a melodic lead guitar. The vocals are minimal, allowing for the songwriting itself to overtake this song. This leads into “Deceiver, Deceiver”, which opens very heavy. The writing is top notch on this track, and the ending is one of the heaviest parts of this album.
“Death Prayer” ends this album, and like how the opening song opened this EP on a good note, this ends this album on a good note. The writing on here is solid, and very in your face. The band pull no punches, and make this song heavy as hell. This song also has a guest spot, Tyler Shelton from Traitors, who is very good here. This song is one of the highlights from this album, which is always something good from a closing track. This is a good EP. As mentioned, it doesn’t push the genre at all, and at times can feel a bit safe, but the writing and execution makes up for it. If you’re a fan of deathcore, don’t sleep on this one.
Overall Score: 8.0/10
Review by Sam Hookom