Album Review: liveconformdie break trends with second EP Vol. II: Music For Living Failures

  • Dylan Oxley
  • August 5, 2022
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Perth nu-metalcore five-piece liveconfirmdie (AKA Conform) have today unleashed their second EP Vol. II: Music For Living Failures. This follows on from the eclectic quintet’s debut album Circa ’94 in 2018 and predecessor EP Vol. I: Cigarette Lullaby in 2016.

Featuring the singles “Terrorwave” and “Help Yourself”, the seven-track project blends 90s and 2000s nu-metal styles with contemporary hardcore elements. Vol. II draws inspiration from bands like old school pioneers Limp Bizkit and Korn, as well as newer trailblazers Alpha Wolf and $uicideboy$. Hip hop sampling and rap flows are spearheaded by brutal breakdowns and metal growls for a unique collision course of angsty musical crossover.

Completely written and produced at guitarist Jez Pickett’s home studio, Conform’s authentic DIY approach to everything from the music to the artwork is a testament to their work ethic and ability as artists. Vocalist Troy Van Der Meer’s balance of rapped, sung and screamed delivery separates him from the pack as a performer. Down-tuned guitars and frantic drums meld with hard bass and turntable scratching to create a heavy fix of classic nu-metal with a modern flair.

Having scored an interview with Knotfest and RAGE’s Wild One video feature for “Terrorwave”, Conform have been steadily building a reputation as one of the most diverse acts in the local heavy scene. With high praise from triple j Unearthed, they have supported the likes of Thy Art is Murder, Chelsea Grin, Born of Osiris, The Amity Affliction, Being As An Ocean and Make Them Suffer to name a few. Catch liveconformdie on their first national tour supporting US favorites Dropout Kings with Earth Caller this October and November.

THREE AND A HALF STARS (OUT OF FIVE)

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