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The Browning unveil “Gravedigger” track from their upcoming album, Hypernova

The Browning - Hypernova

Not that long ago I wrote about Earache Records‘ electronic deathcore darlings The Browning, when they released a new video clip for the song “Ashamed” from their debut album. Earache Records, the label primarily known for being integral in the formation of grindcore and extreme metal in Britain, has since been dabbling in the realm of electronic deathcore with a few acts, the best of which being the Texans with the unfortunate name.

The Browning seem destined to be hated by all of the “legit” metal fans out there, and yet, ever since I first heard their ridiculous brand of club anthem deathcore I just couldn’t get it out of my head. It’s by no means high art, but there’s no getting away from the fact that I fucking love it.

As such, I’ve actually been genuinely looking forward to their sophomore effort, titled Hypernova, which is to be released later this year. Today, the band unveiled the first track from the album, “Gravedigger” and released it with a lyric video. I was a little dubious at first, because frankly, as much as I dig the music of The Browning, their lyrics aren’t exactly anything special, certainly not something you should draw attention to with a video.

In the lyrics department, “Gravedigger” is no exception to the material on the previous album. The lyrics are simplistic, kinda ridiculous, but perfectly enjoyable because your brain is too busy being buffeted by the energetic trance music and bass drops, so much so, there’s not really much time to ponder anything.

Let’s just get this straight, The Browning are not, nor were they ever intended to be, the thinking man’s band, and considering that I spend an awful lot of my day bloody thinking, it’s nice to just be able to switch off every now and again. The song is sadly only very short, clocking in at just over 2 and a half minutes long and racing by like a tornado of danceable rhythms. Before you know it, it’s over and you’re reaching towards that replay button…or at least I am.

In short, “Gravedigger” is actually an improvement over the material on Burn This World and leaves me very optimistic about the rest of Hypernova. However, if you were unconvinced last time around, the increased presence of the trance music and the total abandonment of any semblance of riffs is likely not going to sway you this time. It should be noted that the production on the record has actually markedly improved, now everything feels a lot more balanced and clips far less.

The one thing that could be said is that The Browning have really missed a trick here when titling the new album. They should have left out the “r” in Hypernova and been left with HYPE-NOVA, because when I listen to this beast I just get to pumped out I want to run into the street scream and kick a pensioner down a hole. Fuck yes, The Browning are back!

Now, I’m just going to crawl into my hole to avoid all the abuse that’ll inevitably be peppered at me from the comments…

What do you guys think? Does this get you pumped up? Is it all just too stupid for you? Is it too obnoxiously ridiculous? Do you hate fun?

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