Varials’ Pain Again revives modern metalcore. Here’s why:
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There is one word and one word only to describe a live-showing of metalcore band Varials: unsparing. The Philadelphia, PA five-piece just wrapped up the Private Room Tour, in which they supported metal acts Counterparts and Being As An Ocean. The majority of their set stemmed from Pain Again, the debut studio album that brings it, in every sense of the phrase. Hard riffs, brutal breakdowns, and Travis Tabron’s harsh vocals have brought life back to the modern metalcore scene.
Let’s keep it simple: Travis Tabron exceeds in the role of frontman for the up-and-coming group. When I heard him live for the first time, I was genuinely taken back by how unique his sound is. Tabron’s call outs to the crowd and his ruthless presence assured me that he is the guy. If metalcore needed a second coming, I am looking at the messiah.
Pain Again released in 2017 under Fearless Records, and is steadily climbing the ladder in the metal scene. The eleven track album released three singles, including: “Anything to Numb,” “Pain Again,” and “Empire of Dirt” (featuring Bryan Garris of Knocked Loose). All three singles are lyrically and musically among the best metalcore releases in the last two years (2016-2018). New Noise Magazine gave the album 4.5/5 stars, while Exclaim! rated the album 7/10. If I had one suggestion to anyone reviewing Varials, it is this: see this band live first, then be the judge.
Moving forward, Tabron and Varials look to rise to the top of the metalcore scene. It is safe to say they are well on their way. Until then, everybody eats.