‘I am not afraid of dying,’ growls Tenside vocalist Daniel Kuhlemann on the title-track to smashing eighth album Come Alive Dying, ‘I am afraid I haven’t been alive.’ It’s a poignant observation from the German journeymen. Still chasing the mid-2000s metalcore dream after 19 years as a band despite never having tasted the success of so many contemporaries, defeatist minds might have conceded that their shot had passed, but these 12 tracks feel like a promise that Tenside won’t give up the chase until the instruments are prised from their cold, dead hands.
That’s not to say there’s much scrappy, underdog energy here. Instead, a sense of bludgeoning heavyweight grandeur – all beefy technicality, shining production and massive choruses – enlivens bangers like Shadow To Shine and Darkness To Blight, the sort that could only come from artists with this kind of tenure. In songs like Pitch And Gold and Aim For Paradise, too, there’s a knack for dialling back the bludgeon to explore huge atmospheric soundscapes without compromising heaviness.