REVIEW: The Plot In You - Could You Watch Your Children Burn

Genre: Metalcore/Hardcore
Label: Rise
Date of Release: January 15, 2013


The Plot In You is one angry band. After vocalist Landon Tewers departed from metalcore group Before Their Eyes, he went on to focus on this project in 2010, originally under the moniker Vessels. Initially signed to InVogue Records, the band’s debut EP “Wife Beater” managed to land the group into a deal with Rise Records, home of acts such as Bleeding Through and Miss May I. They then released their first full-length album “First Born” in 2011. The fusion of melodic metalcore and brutal deathcore and the angry story-weaving lyrics attracted the attention of many fans of both subgenres. Later, in early 2013, The Plot In You returned to unleash their sophomore effort, unsettlingly entitled “Could You Watch Your Children Burn.” This group has returned bearing 10 tracks, and they are as angry as ever.

Compared to The Plot In You’s previous effort “First Born,” much has changed in terms of the band’s sound. Many of the chugging breakdowns no longer make an appearance on this album, and not much of Landon’s visceral low-pitched vocals are showcased, either. However, this was all compromised to make room for even more ferocious antics. First off, the guitars display infectious and feral grooves that rip the listener to shreds. They are catchy, demented, wild, and hard to get out of your head. The vocals also deliver even more splendor than in the album’s predecessor, consisting of more mid-pitched screams and shouts rather than the low gutturals from before. This dispenses even more angry energy, unveiling even more effort and vigor than ever, making the vocals as much of a highlight as the guitar-play. The drums are also greatly played out, with nice intensity and a very bold sound. Energy is what defines the band’s musicianship and their frantic sound, and their whirlwind of raging metalcore is delightfully menacing and memorable.

However, this does not mean all of “Could You Watch Your Children Burn” is nothing but a vortex of violent grooves and metallic bludgeon. There are a number of times where the band takes their steps into the cleaner side of metalcore, especially in the tracks “Glad You’re Gone” and “Sober and Soulless.” The light combination of soaring clean singing and melodic riffs reaches towards alternative rock territory in order to balance out the rowdiness. The only issue with this aspect is that it does tend to stray a little overboard with the melodic pop sound, causing the music to lose a little bit of identity. In other words, the positive tone of the lighter side of these types of tracks does not sit that well with the savage characteristics of this record. Nonetheless, it is clear that the band chose the right path to throw in some lighter songs into the mix not just for the sake of balance, but also for underlining the chaos and vehemence this album has to offer.

With such a harsh album title like “Could You Watch Your Children Burn,” any passerby can expect the lyrical content to be quite cold. The lyrics deal with topics such as revenge, murder, anti-religion, hatred, and other vicious themes. Also, unlike the lyrics in “First Born,” the lyrics don’t necessarily tie up altogether into one story. It is a bit of a shame, because the way all of the lyrics entwined together to create a powerful story of domestic abuse and violence was what really made them stand out. Even so, however, the lyrics are completely packed with violence and anger, and although, on paper, they are a tad silly to read, with loads of cursing and threats, it actually boosts the music’s angry nature by a large scale. They fit with the music’s tone incredibly well, and, despite the tad lack of lyrical originality, they do a great job in constructing the utter violence of this album to even greater heights.

The Plot In You has underwent much improvement since their last release, and this is clearly revealed in “Could You Watch Your Children Burn.” Almost every single aspect of the band’s system has progressed. The instrumentation is more wicked and bold than before, and the vocals have grown even more passionate and fierce. The sheer brutality of the album’s sonic metalcore onslaught has become even more monstrous than in “First Born,” and it can easily be observed that their razing sound has developed. As for the melodic parts, although there are times when they seem a little out of place, they certainly do justice in balancing out the extremity of the record’s wilder side. In almost, if not every single way you turn, this band has become a much more enraged entity. Fans of metalcore, hardcore, or anyone who is in the mood to go listen to some crazy and rowdy music to swing their limbs violently to is highly advised to give it a listen. The Plot In You is on the warpath.

Score: 8.5/10 (Great+)