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‘Signs Of The Swarm + To The Grave + Harbinger

‘Signs Of The Swarm + To The Grave + Harbinger

Deathcore was once dismissed as a trend, so it’s ironic that it now has trends within itself.
Downtempo, slamming and now blackened variants of the style have dominated its scene at
various points, with many bands jumping ship.

Pittsburgh’s Signs of the Swarm aren’t just any band, though. They’re a onceageneration
beacon that radiates the sounds that surrounded them, preserving history by reframing it. On
fourth LP Absolvere, they’re bleak without being blackened, smashing without being slam, and
downtempo as a choice rather than a stylistic confine. And as many of their deathcore peers
experiment with adding singing, often gruff in tone, they add a more ethereal style that soothes
on “Dreaming Desecration” and “Death Whistle.”

The band contrasts that with some of the most brutal moments in their eightyear career, with
riffs more punishing than pensive and a rhythm section that frames them in creatively
cacophonic ways. Above it all, they’re utilizing vocalist David Simonich monstrous range in a
much fuller capacity than on his debut, 2019’s Vital Deprivation.

That transitional album found the band experimenting to refind their footing, which here lands
on solid ground through the addition of guitarist Jeff Russo, a former bandmate of Simonich’s fin
Improvidence. The proof is in the placing, with Absolvere landing at #15 on “Current Hard Music
Albums,” #21 on “Top New Artist Albums” and #139 on “Heatseekers.”

Behind the cohesive crusher is drummerturnedbassistturneddrummer Bobby Crow, who
acted as de facto producer, arranging the riffs written across Skype to make the songs more
than the sum of their parts.

This gave Simonich a lofty platform from which to roar about the real (loved ones struggling with
addiction, submitting one’s self wholly to art despite negativity swirling about) and the surreal;
he or his characters beg for the release of death only to be denied. “Nameless” centers around
a character collecting souls marked by death to receive its blessing, while “Blood Seal” follows a
ritual to summon it. “Dreaming Desecration” and “Hollow Prison” are two sides of the same coin.
When one finds themselves trapped in a meaningless existence, they can either attempt to
escape through murderous hallucinations or succumb to the grave, respectively.

“Death Whistle” is the penultimate song, closing the album and the writing sessions for
Absolvere with a tale concluding in sweet release. The piercing screech of the titular whistle
contrasts with a subtle serenade.

Indeed, sometimes contrast can be a perfect complement, but more often that effect is achieved
when paired with something more inline. So it is when Ben Duerr (Shadow of Intent) and Alex
Erian (Despised Icon) join the band for growls and shouts, where Signs of the Swarm filter their
guests’ bands through their own sound. Instead of taking away from their identity, it expands it.

They’re steadily expanding their global reach, too. In the few short months since Absolvere’s
release, Signs of the Swarm have toured with the likes of Fit for an Autopsy, Born of Osiris and
Shadow of Intent. Forthcoming domination campaigns of Europe and Australia will be added to
their tenure with Aborted, Lorna Shore, Brand of Sacrifice and more. Forget the signs, the
swarm is already here, and it’s growing larger and louder every day.


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