Year : 2013
Genre : Hardcore, 90's Metalcore
Pulled Under brings to the table a punishing blend of metal and hardcore, heavily influenced by 90's metalcore outfits such a Martyr AD and Disembodied. Coming out of the thriving DFW (Dallas-Forth Worth) scene, the band just finished touring with their North Texas brethren Sold Short.
The demo opens up with a crushing, double-bass happy intro, reminiscent of Integrity's "Vocal Test." From there, the demo moves on to "Depression" which melds frantic metal riffs with chugging guitar breaks. The vocal track alternates between shrill, hellish shrieks to spoken word, creating an evil sounding contrast between the two. (think "Gone" by Disembodied.) The well-recorded vocals spill over into the final track "Born Again," where the song climaxes with layered vocals howling "If hell is real, I hope to god you burn."
In summary, Pulled Under isn't doing anything that hasn't been done before, but they do it extremely well and the incorporation of 90's metalcore influence is fantastic and formidable. I foresee this band blowing up in the near future and you should give this demo a listen.