Darko - Darko
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May 7, 2021 / Release Date
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Easily one of the most dynamic, experimental albums this year from the minds behind Emmure and Chelsea Grin. The band is clearly onto something special with this album. It's not a favorite this year, but it left me with solid positive impressions.


Despite everything about this being the Deathcore album that you would probably expect, this project has some tricks up its sleeve to keep it standing out. Texturally there's a lot to be desired, it's all kind of the same noise, but the songwriting and vocal performances make this quite a fun listen, with some really enjoyable cuts like Pretenders and Praise the Sun that just beat the shit out of me with its rhythms and growls. Any deep metalheads that just want another release under their ... read more


I never thought I would enjoy deathcore as much as I've been doing these last couple of months, but here we are, with Darko and their self-titled, a record that I had on my waitlist since it came out. The combination of deathcore and djent creates such a satisfying yet heavy sound, and the inclusion of softer tracks such as Donna aren't really an issue. This is probably one of the best deathcore projects from this year so far.

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Track List

  1. Splinter Cell
  2. Fiend Dream
  3. Donna
  4. Pretenders (feat. Ben Duerr)
  5. Praise the Sun
  6. The Last of Us
  7. Daniel (feat. Johnny Reeves & Courtney LaPlante)
  8. Mars Attacks
  9. Pale Tongue
  10. Insects
  11. If This Is Forever
  12. Darko (feat. Nick Arthur)
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Added on: May 7, 2021