And Hell Followed With’s New Album Is ‘a Delicious Fruit Basket of Sounds’
Many knock the whole deathcore sound, assuming that bands just trace their albums over top of others. But for the Michigan bred And Hell Followed With, there will be none of that. “We are going to do nothing but progress music-wise. It’s going to be a constant climb uphill,” guitarist Kyle Mcilmurray told Noisecreep. ‘Proprioception,’ their debut for Earache, takes massive strides away from the previous ‘Domain,’ embracing clean climbs to melody and pure blood death metal.
“We’ve stressed on taking different techniques from different sounds and bring them into this style, and mold them so you can’t find the cracks,” Mcilmurray explained, pointing out that by way of design — that word core — more bands should be stepping past their breakdown idols. “This was a genre made to be that way, but realistically you don’t see many bands pulling off the deathcore sound and then using very intricate melodic parts. A combination all comes together to create a delicious fruit basket of sounds.”
Songs like ‘This Night is the Coroner’s’ highlight that taste when the song jumps into guitar-twisting harmonies, giving listeners a sugarcoated fist to gnaw on. “I think the melodic stuff really accents the heavy stuff,” he laughs — food comparisons reign in the phone call from the van that day. “It’s like peanut butter and jelly, the sweet and salty, they accent each other making it better.”
Many of the fans that helped propel And Hell Followed With are still bound to the raw intensity of ‘Domain.’ The band has found crowds, in places new to them, chanting out for songs like ‘Serpents Beneath Their Hood,’ which they play. “Were not able to play more than one song off that album,” he revealed, the reason being current drummer Billy Noffsinger was not behind the kit on that record. “Whenever someone wants to hear it, we’ll play it for them.”
Since recording ‘Proprioception,’ vocalist Nick Holland stepped down to pursue a life of staying in one place. The band tagged ex-Borland frontman Ryan Caudill, who has no problem with a parking lot fight, to replace him. Mcilmurray breathes easy, taking all the strife the band has endured as part of the path. “Everything happens for a reason in this band, and I don’t think any of us would try and redo anything.”