Despite Exile are a 5-piece deathcore act based in Udine, Italy and founded in 2010.
“Sentience” is their first LP and their overall third release after the “Scarlet Reverie” and “Re-Evolve” EPs.
I actually never used to like deathcore but I kept this album on rotation for quite some time unexpectedly.
It is definitely a heavy album, full of low tuned guitars, powerful growls and screams, breakdowns, dissonance and blast beats.
But while retaining the typical deathcore approach (so don’t worry, you’ll find plenty of chugs and crushing walls of triplets there) it carries a lot of melody and some nice arrangements too.
The album kicks off with Amentia whose intro, in a crescendo of intensity, reminds me of how a catchy arrangement can be crafted with just a few chords. Harmonies and melodic lines are evident and they give the intricate riffing a break.
Crepuscular is then one of my selected tracks for its epic chords and development as well as Immanence for its crushing riffing and huge chorus, which falls into a tasty sweeping solo section.
Mechanical is definitely my standout track on the album, delivering a blend of intensity in riffing and melodic lines, which sneak their way beneath relentless blasting.
Sentience is a solid and well executed album for sure. I would have appreciated some more variety in songwriting and more guitar solos, still that’s just my personal vision.
That being said, if you enjoy detuned deathcore heaviness but still with some melody, give Despite Exile a shot!