The Great Discord – Afterbirth

Rating: 4/5
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Released: 2019
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Band Line-up:

Fia Kempe –  Vocals
Aksel Holmgren – Drums
André Axell – Guitars
Gustav Almberg – Guitars
Rasmus Carlsson – Bass


1. Heart
2. Afterbirth
3. Army Of Me
4. Neon Dreaming


The Great Discord are a progressive metal band with influences as wide as The Dillenger Escape Plan, Bring Me The Horizon and even Bjork. Their highly praised 2015 debut ‘Duende’ was released through Metal Blade records and was soon followed by their EP ‘Echoes’. In 2017, the band joined Ghost on the Popestar tour and Katatonia on the Fallen Hearts of UK & Ireland tour. Later on in that year, TGD released their follow up album ‘The Rabbit Hole’ through The Sign Records and their latest effort ‘Afterbirth’ will be released through the same label on March 22nd.

As intended, (the band’s philosophy is ‘there can’t be light without darkness’) there is a very wide range of emotions demonstrated on this album. The energetic and full of life moods of ‘Heart’ immediately get one going, ‘Afterbirth’ then chills the listener out just a little (relatively speaking) and next, the furious cover of Bjork’s ‘Army of Me’ creates a welcome, somewhat shocking surprise. Despite its poppy associations, it rivals some Rammstein music in terms of aggression, in fact. The morbid vocal parts in ‘Neon Dreaming’ even bring to mind the opening section of Korn’s ‘Daddy’ ending the album on an intriguing and unique note.

It’s maybe a little depressing that the music only gets darker and darker over time, but that does produce a nice effect and sense of story. If you prefer to feel uplifted, maybe just play the first track again after finishing the album. 😛 It’s not just the moods on offer that are very impressive, the singer’s voice is very strong and confident throughout the whole release. She sings with the power of any man. An extremely girly sounding man, but a kind of man nonetheless. The songwriting is also great with interesting textures and is highly melodic.

In conclusion, TGD do almost everything right, though maybe their music is too singer-focused. There are occasional moments where it would be nice to hear more catchy riffs for the sake of variety, but that’s a nitpick. It’s a shame ‘Afterbirth’ only consists of four tracks and although ‘Army of Me’ certainly has been given an entirely new sound by TGD, it’s not truly original material. Consequently that kind of just leaves three new tunes. Even so, the album is very enjoyable, and I recommend all kinds of metal fans give it a try.

Review by Simon Wiedemann