Last Year’s Tragedy (LYT) is one of the most credible bands within the metalcore genre. Believe it or not, they have been in the metal scene for more than half a decade and they are doing pretty well. After their exceptional singles like “March from the underground” and “Challenge Accepted”, Last Year’s Tragedy are back with a new one, Mammoth. Automatically you can tell the band has gotten more consistent in their heaviness both musically and vocally after listening to the track.
Last Year’s Tragedy are one of the very few metalcore bands I can actually stomach.
They’ve always had something that keeps me coming back for more. I don’t understand it. This style of overly melodic, formulaic metalcore usually turns me right off. You know, the bands where every song is a half-arsed melodic death riff, followed by a clean vocal bridge, repetitive breakdown and a lethargic solo (e.g. We came as Romans and Bless the fall). However, LYT have always managed to play this style, without it sounding forced or being annoying/unlistenable.
When I heard they had a new single out, I was intrigued. LYT have a habit of releasing their best songs as singles (March from the underground), so naturally I thought this would be the same, and I was right. This is one of the best songs I’ve heard all year. This is very much in a similar vein to “March from the underground”. In your face straight away with a great scream, a very catchy riff and solid drum work. The clean vocals manage to avoid sounding really wimpy and the chorus itself is every bit memorable. The breakdown that hits at 3:15 is lengthy and heavy. This is followed with a very enjoyable solo at the end. This isn’t exactly anything new to LYT, but it’s always worked so well for them, and I’m highly anticipating a future release album.
A great single from a great band. I can’t wait to hear some more new stuff. Fans of the band will no doubt love this song. Even if you don’t like the band and/or metalcore, you should still check this out, because it is a major step up from their older work.
Listen to it HERE:
Review by Alf Siero