HIROSHIMA WILL BURN
The Weight Of All Things (2009)
Australia, Skull And Bones Records, Technical Deathcore.
This band has stumped me for the longest time. Not from a lack of understanding their music mind you, but rather in understanding how I should react to their music. The line between Technical Deathcore and Technical Death Metal is the line that often makes or breaks a band. Even bands so many accuse of taking things too far (Brain Drill and Viraemia come to mind) are undeniably Death Metal and undeniably amazing. Going further towards the line is Hedonistic Exility, who are much too talented for any sort of Deathcore element in their music. At the very top of the Deathcore heap reigns Abiotic, who have earned their title as king a thousand times over. Then there are bands like Genocide Of Prescription and Beneath The Massacre who make an absolute mess of things weedily deedling about like full fledged tech-death stereotypes.
Hiroshima Will Burn is nowhere near as talented or interesting as Brain Drill, Viraemia, Hedonistic Exility or Abiotic but they aren’t a hater’s wet dream like Beneath The Massacre. If anything, they’re just thoroughly mediocre. The baloney sandwich of Technical Death Metal/Deathcore if you will. Sure, they could shred on the guitar and blast on the drums but the songwriting on display is bland and unfulfilling, the vocals are generic and the entire album suffers from a complete lack of passion.
Not to say that this album is an abomination, but much like a baloney sandwich or Hot Pocket, there’s no value in it outside of a quick, easily prepared snack food. There are at the very least 50 vastly superior expressions of technical wizardry right off of the top of my head, but if boredom has reared its ugly head and there’s no better way to kill fifteen minutes of sampling on Youtube, Hiroshima Will Burn might come in handy. In any other context, they’re best identified as the John Doe of their genre. No distinguishing characteristics outside of allusions to other bands in the genre. Some Faceless here, some early Burning The Masses there and an overall feeling of bland contentment. A functional and forgettable LP; nothing more, nothing less.
Many people have clamored for a Hiroshima Will Burn reunion but I can’t say this band being gone really has any significant effect on me. I’m not glad that they’re gone, but I can’t say I’d want to hear any new material from them either. Just based on this sterile husk of an album, it’s safe to conclude that technicality is not a panacea. There is a significant and drastically understated difference between the chaotic order of an ‘Antithesis’ or ‘Quantum Catastrophe’ and the soulless posturing of ‘The Weight Of All Things’. If more people were able to understand the difference, uncharted territories in tech-death would be reached a lot more frequently. As it stands, if you ever find yourself valuing regurgitation to craftsmanship, that would be the only period of time I could wholeheartedly recommend Hiroshima Will Burn. If you’re simply in the mood for reruns, pick a classic tech-death CD and enjoy that instead. ‘Solstice Of Oppression’ is only $13 on Amazon. Hell of a lot better way to spend your money.