Durban-based Become The Watcher is a metal / slam / deathcore powerhouse of largely experienced musicians, mostly, in fact, consisting of former members of the now defunct Beyond The Pale. Originally just a studio project, this newer band has only recently come into focus as a live act following last year’s release of their debut album, Paradigm (see review here). Work on a follow-up has already begun and Become The Watcher have offered up a taste of things to come with the track ‘Animalistic Warcry’.
“Our vocalist, Paul; he’s an intense dude. The lyrics from the last album were all about taking control of the subconscious and deep stuff like that. Paul is vegan now, and that has influenced the lyrics on this new track. It’s basically speaking out against animal cruelty and meat industries.” ~ Rudi Greyvenstein (guitars, Become The Watcher)
When asked if this track provides something of a template upon which the public can grow an expectation for the new album, Rudi had the following to say:
“For me, I just like to incorporate everything that I think is cool with the current metal scene. I feel that it’s always progressing and I’m always inspired by what new bands are doing. I hardly listen to stuff that I would have listened to a few years ago.” ~ Rudi Greyvenstein
Rudi went on to explain that, in his view, metal has moved into a much darker, bleaker space with bands like Thy Art Is Murder forming the present center of attention. He also describes elements of slam as being a current inspiration, particularly with the groove attributed to the sub-genre.
“I’m loving it! I also want to do more shreddy stuff on this album too, so basically just more of everything.” ~ Rudi Greyvenstein
Rudi describes that the goal of the as yet untitled coming album – which the band aims to complete before the end of this year – is to strike a balance between the tech/shred stuff and great songwriting/structure.
The new track also features a collaboration with Robin Louw as guest; this bringing the former Beyond The Pale full circle with Robin having been vocalist for that band too. The present frontman, Paul Palmer, originally did vocals for Gauteng-based Deane Crescent.