Broken Earth // Participation Badge [Single Review]

Song: Participation Badge

Artist: Broken Earth

Release: Participation Badge - Single

Area: Sydney, NSW

Date of release: 17.05.19

Genre: Heavy Metal

For Fans Of: Marilyn Manson, Myspace-era death-core

“Twist and rot me now,  Cower like you know how” 

One of Sydney’s latest up and comers, Broken Earth, are aiming to impress with their debut single, 'Participation Badge' and provide us with a hard hitting effort that peaks as high as low as it falls at varying points throughout.

I hate to be ‘that guy’ right now, but to clear the air quickly, I personally feel as though lyric videos have been overdone at this point, almost to the level where they should be entirely avoided. Whilst it can be a welcome change to see one that has not been produced by Scott Rudd, for any band that is going to use this method of promoting their music, the final product has to be really, REALLY good. In the end, I can only give the visual aspect of this single a participation badge, at best.

Musically, Broken Earth show a lot of potential. There are parts of this song that genuinely had me pulling a stank face, however, the first 30 seconds of 'Participation Badge' aren’t included here, as I wasn’t really gripped by this from the get-go. Bassist/ Vocalist Ben even chimes in,  doing highs and lows throughout. Unfortunately, these techniques are limited in this song which mostly features mid-ranged yells and cleans that also don’t quite hold to the standard of this song’s strong points.

I’m a fan of what’s going on instrumentally for the most part, there’s some good riffs around and I do love me some blast beats. But the aforementioned clean vocals take this song from a pulsing heart to a flatline quicker than I can say ‘it’s only a matter of time.’ Not to say they’re necessarily bad on their own, their clean vocalist does have a rather nice voice and isn’t devoid of talent, but I felt like I was listening to a southern metal band, to a core band, to Marilyn Manson, and repeat. Melodies and lyrics can be worked on in future, but this is a fine enough start for a debut.

Overall, whilst Broken Earth have some room for improvement, they are showing slithers of being able to become a very good band, they just have to develop and harness their strengths appropriately and spend more time together as a unit, then I think they will be able to produce some really solid stuff in no time.  

Vocals: 6/10

Guitars: 7/10

Bass: 6/10

Drums: 6.5/10

Lyrics: 3/5

Would You Go And See Them (WYGAST) 2/5

Mixing: 7.5/10

Production: 16/20

Structure: 13/20

Overall: 67/100

Personal Enjoyment: 6/10


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