Born to Expire "Soothsayer"

Posted on Friday, December 11th, 2009 @ 7:07am » permalink

Born to Expire - Soothsayer"Soothsayer" is the absolutely badass debut EP from Auburn, NY's Born to Expire, and I have to assume they're named after the Leeway album, which is always a good sign – even if they don't sound like Leeway! Expect crushing metallic hardcore that spices up the traditional power chord rhythms and chugging midpaced breaks with some dense, sludge-laden grooves and cold, crawling dissonance. The recording on this thing is heavy as shit, too. I've never heard basslines this effectively loud before in my life! I swear the bass must be mixed dead even with the guitars, if not a touch louder. And I love it! I hope they maintain that balance on all of their future recordings, 'cause it makes the riffs – which are already super fuckin' meaty – hit even harder. The overall feel of this stuff kind of reminds me of the mighty Dead City, which is also always a good sign. According to the dude from the band who sent me the EP, their new material is hinting at a little more of a Crowbar influence, which could be really cool hearing how those types of runs already seep into these tracks. Hell, there are moments herein that damn near touch on doom metal vibes, so… who knows how far they'll take such elements down the road? Whatever the case, this is a killer start, and I'm really looking forward to hearing more.

Born to Expire "Sowing Poison Seeds"

This one's available as a free download (and as far as I can tell there's no artwork, hence the use of the band photo with this post), so make the grab while you wait for these cats to drop some new jams:

[DOWNLOAD] Born to Expire "Soothsayer" (@ MediaFire)


  1. Carlos says:

    Leeway, Dead City, Crowbar mentioned in the same post. You know the end result will be great :) I hope this will be released on CD…

    If you want to hear ultra heavy and loud bass checkout Samo from Poland. This is real heaviness :)

  2. inhalexhale says:

    solid record

  3. Luke T. says:

    kinda reminds me of weekend nachos.

  4. Incremental fuckhead says:


  5. Jack says:

    Good god I am absolutely sick to death of this stuff, can't people just not play this music anymore and go open a deli or something.


    What a shock that "Jack" drops in to trash yet another band I've posted about. I can just envision you sitting there blasting some Enya to relax and cleanse your ears of all the nightmarish garbage I'm constantly pushing on you from week to week.

  7. Horse stapled to a horse says:

    I am Jack's sense of belonging in the world.

  8. Fred says:

    Sounds cool, I'm downloading it right now.

  9. Chris says:

    Awesome. I love it when the production augments the songs, rather that just "do its job" or even hurt them. This is the way this shit is supposed to sound.

  10. Jack says:

    Trash? they trash themselves by the music they play, alone. This is so uninspiring, I guess you like that crud like Purple mercy?

  11. AVERSIONLINE says:

    I've never even heard of Purple Mercy. Do you have a blog? Post a link if you do, I'd like to take a few minutes to tell you how terrible everything you listen to is, ha, ha…

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