By now, many people know what deathcore is and can name a handful of bands that built up this genre like Chelsea Grin, Suicide Silence, Through The Eyes Of The Dead, Suicide Silence and many others. In the beginnings, there were many thriving bands who were making a name for themselves but were sadly overlooked and overshadowed. Whisteria Cottage was one of these gems that many would agree could have been a big deal through the years. Ten years ago, the young group from Baltimore, Maryland released their debut album titled Heathen through the now defunct label Statik Factory which boasted a roster containing Attila, Chelsea Grin, And Hell Followed With, Die Like Kidd and many others. After a long absence and years of fans contacting the band about trying to find the hard copies of Heathen, Whisteria Cottage have heard their fans and have returned with the ten year anniversary rerecording of Heathen.
The newly rerecorded version of Heathen features new artwork but do not be fooled, the same aggression and heaviness are here. First off, it is always amazing when bands rerecord their old music just to hear the growth and maturity. After ten years, you can truly hear the group has not lost a beat and can still bring the beatdown. Tracks like Confined, Pathology of Our Existence and Your Broadcast Is Interrupted are great examples of the band’s true talents. Whisteria Cottage masterfully blend the aggressive heaviness of deathcore riffage and bone-crushing breakdowns with melodic death metal influence.
This is the perfect way to celebrate the ten year anniversary of a true gem in the deathcore and metal scene. Heathen touched many fans and if anyone needed proof, just ask any fan of deathcore out there if they’ve heard of Whisteria Cottage and they’ll tell you about how great Heathen was. Whether you are an old fan or a new listener, this album is perfect for both. It showed that an old sound can be modernized and that aggression does not age at all. If you are a fan of And Hell Followed With, Chelsea Grin, As Blood Runs Black, Through The Eyes Of The Dead or just straight forward, cutthroat, balls-to-the-wall heaviness, then I suggest grabbing this album, you won’t regret it.
Overall Score: 9.5/10
Review by Neil Andersen