DEFDUMP - This Is Forevermore

dEFDUMp - This Is Forevermore

15 songs
53:49 minutes
***** *****
Winged Skull


More than two years have passed since the release of Makeshift Polaris, a CD-EP that was always only considered a prequel to a greater work, and never really intended to be released in the first place, but due to public demand… and the rest is history. Back then was a time of turmoil for dEFDUMp, who after ten years lost their drummer and had to look for a replacement, which they adequately found in Vincent. dEFDUMp must have played a lot of concerts in the meantime (with a total of more than 500 live shows in their thirteen years of existence), so This Is Forevermore took nearly forever to be released, but now the band has a new label and a finished product, surprisingly a double-album, but that doesn't have to mean more than their label seems to be quite fond of that format lately (we remember Holy National Victims). The first CD comes with five songs (20 minutes of music) and a multimedia part explaining the concept of the story, the second CD has ten more songs that run a bit longer than half an hour. They could as well have fit all the songs on one disc (54 minutes of music isn't that much of an overkill), and added the bonus material on a separate disc.

The band must have had their reasons, and as I listen to music anyway normally only on MP3 players, I can't say that I care that much. I care more for the music, and there dEFDUMp have made immense progress. I was afraid at first that the new album would be the songs from their last EP plus a bit of bonus tracks, but apart from newly recorded versions of Lament Manifest and Esse, there is only new material. One thing becomes clear from the beginning: this is not a songs album. We better talk about compositions, often as long as five or six minutes, and combining the most different moods inside themselves. There's not much that is straightforward here, but certainly nothing is left to chance. Instead of jumping on the metalcore bandwagon (a genre that became popular long after dEFDUMp released their first classics), they toy with progressive math elements, extremely aggressive hardcore, melancholic but never cheesy emo moments and even a nod to the post-rock community in the German language Mythen sollen Mythen bleiben. And because they are good polyglot Luxembourgers, there are also French moments next to the general English rock'n'roll consensus. Discreet keyboard patterns throughout the album add sometimes very eerie but always fitting atmosphere.

I have been listening today non-stop to This Is Forevermore, and I can already say with certainty that this is the best hardcore album ever to have been released in Luxembourg. And local patriotism aside, I doubt that internationally you will find any other band that combines so many different styles into their own seamless style. It is repeated on these pages over and over again, but there is no end to the progress of dEFDUMp, and it would be a shame of still every metalcore copycat band gets instantly rich and famous (ok, maybe not rich) while dEFDUMp not only constantly reinvent themselves, but even the genre they so tentatively entered in the early Nineties with two so mediocre albums that you don't find them in their official discography anymore. But the overwhelming qualities of the new double-CD should let us ignore that little sin of omission.

This Is Forevermore has already best chances to be called album of the year! Call them the successors to Refused, or the Mars Volta of hardcore, but whatever name you decide to choose, dEFDUMp have shown once and for all that they are the best hardcore band in Luxembourg! Ever!

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