There are a lot of things you can learn from a woman’s tone of voice.
Hailing from the Netherlands, The Fifth Alliance are gaining attention, rapidly and well deserved. This sludge hardcore hybrid have developed an unconventional sound bringing forth a wave of post-like destruction, building off a rather intense atmosphere. For the most part, ‘Unrevealed Secrets Of Ruin’ is a pummeling showcase of talent wrapped up surprisingly in a debut, with the feel of an already studio polished band. So far, there’s nothing really different to the countless numbers of acts who play sludge metal with differing amounts of emotion, but this is not your usual sludge affair. The Fifth Alliance is led by one Silvia who conveys the darkest parts of humanity within a reachable and relate-able contextual stance. It’s not often a sludge group will be able to reach out to its listeners’ in such a compelling and thought out way. Many acts will focus on worldly topics of global destruction or even mythical topics, here, The Fifth Alliance and Silvia focus a little closer to home and the woman’s scream sell a more convincing story with each listen.
At almost thirty-seven minutes, ‘The Unrevealed Secrets Of Ruin, is not exactly the long drawn out affair that are usually found in the genre, instead of bloating the band’s sound and contextual story lines, The Fifth Alliance do what is needed then leave you with blank space to ponder your inner thoughts. To describe the band’s sound you’d have to look at a whole host of influences. Bands like Botch, Converge all spring to mind, but the darker sounds come from the likes of Cult Of Luna, Thou or even Dragged Into Sunlight where The Fifth Alliance’s sound truly develops of its own accord, individually from the others, the emotion in female vocalist/screamer, Silvia promote just how this band can stand on its own two feet. It’s great to see The Fifth Alliance acting upon so many influences, it makes their music all the more vibrant, and gives them that experienced, polished sound. Due to the album’s overall brevity, it doesn’t outstay its welcome on the listener, nor does it portray any feeling of being too short, the album remarkably sits in the middle with a perfect running time to match the mood of the band, and of course, the album.
Although ‘The Unrevealed Secrets Of Ruin’ is the band’s first attempt at releasing something above and beyond the usual stereotype of an underground sludge band, the amount of emotion and attention to detail has seen them shoot to the higher peaks of the genre, alongside acts like Mouth Of The Architect and Ggu:ll. It’s no wonder that the band is gaining rapid attention and if this release is anything to go by, the next full-length should rocket them into the spotlight. For fans of the genre, The Fifth Alliance brings together old and new, twisting those features into something only identifiable as The Fifth Alliance, it’s clear that the band have found a spot they are comfortable with, and all on a debut to boot! If you want your sludge with a little meaning or depth, this is definitely a plce to start.
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