Despite their less than appealing name, Cute Cute Death’s debut album is definitely not amateur. It’s 10 tracks of solid post-hardcore with an essence of heavy metal. The band originally formed in 2008 in Johannesburg, and are now operating under their current moniker in London. They released Vessels on the 13th of May.
Vessels ebbs in and out of being decent to being spine tingling-ly good, resulting in its ability to grab you waning here and there, but it does always pick up again. The vocals at time sound tired as though hours of screaming has left the vocalist feeling deflated, yet it’s still impassioned. Because of this, the softer vocals are stronger and sit in better with the heavy guitars and hard hitting drumming.
There is a lot of passionate and heart embedded in Vessels, the band explains that the album is about “growing up and the realisation that not everything is as it seems…. This album is an expression of our life experiences and hopes for the future and our ‘in the moment’ creativeness.”
Vessels is a ferocious and catchy post-hardcore album with influences from the likes of Incubus and Glassjaw (and maybe a dash of From First To Last?), with a heavier side to it. Grab it here on digital, here in physical, or stream it.