The metalcore crew – who are on Famined Records, which also brought us the superb Vietnamese band Windrunner – beautifully fuse moments of melodic calm with utterly savage metal in a sound they perfectly describe as “angry, bitter and honest.”
The quintet of Milan Rockov (vocals), Tamas Stefan (guitar and vocals), Gergely Kovacs (guitar), Adam Sarog (bass) and Zsolt Baranyi (drums) began life in the relatively metal-free town of Kazincbarcika in Northern Hungary. As Tamas puts it: “There are not a lot of people there who listens to metalcore like we do, so it was easy to find each other.”
The Faminehill sound is extremely engaging, with seriously heavy sections answered by delicious melody. As Tamas explains: “It is straight up Metalcore, with a very melodic, heartfelt twist. Aggressive parts mixed with really melodic elements, some songs are like a rollercoaster of emotions. Most of the time, Milan writes the screaming parts, and I do the clean vocals, and the song ends up like a conversation between us. There have been comparisons to bands like Wage War, so I guess that could be a similar sound.”
Latest single Ruin epitomises this, opening up with light flickering guitars under high-pitched vocals that swiftly intensify with palm-muted guitars then explodes into a barrage of low-tuned guitars and screamed vocals. A more intense second verse drops into seriously good low guitars then a melodic singalong section of vocals over a high-pitched lick. Then a moment of atmospheric reflection is smashed apart by chugging guitars and savage screams.
Tracks like Fulmination are more intense, with screamed vocals pretty much throughout with clean vocals joining in for lively choruses.
But a personal favourite is Depths from the same EP, 2016’s What Have We Done To Each Other, which begins with atmospheric guitars then launches into a smash of huge screamed vocals and pounding drums. An almost pop-punk sounding chorus follows then punky guitars continue under more intense drums and screams. That then gives way to awesome diving low-tuned guitars and feeds into a winding riff that builds up to more intense screams. Check it out below:
Milan tells us that he first got into heavier music and was inspired to learn how to scream through Atreyu. And he adds: “For me it is about negative, hard feelings or happenings in most cases. I usually write about things that I don’t feel comfortable sharing, not even with close friends or family members. It might be strange that I shout out these thoughts in front of people who I may or may not know personally but, hopefully, others can take something from the lyrics that they can relate to, and it might help them in some way. For me, it feels kind of therapeutic to shout out the negative things.”
The band have a new album out in April, which Milan tells us differs from their previous music but explores common themes. He said: “This album is different in some ways from the past releases and we’re really stoked about what others will think about it, old and new listeners as well. The album title, Ascend, is about overcoming different feelings which make our daily life harder. In this case it is mostly about mental illness. The majority of the songs are in a negative aspect but the overall message of the album is that we can break away from these patterns.”
Since writing about our first ever Hungarian band a couple of weeks ago, Harmed, we’ve had a quick flurry of other metal bands from the country – which suggests the scene is alive and kicking. As Tamas tells us: “There’s a pretty solid and supportive scene here actually. We have great shows with great bands almost every month. There are very ambitious promoters who are working hard to bring even the biggest bands here to play, and to create opportunities for the smaller local bands to play, so we are very lucky.”
Indeed, Faminehill have already supported the likes of Hands Like Houses, Bury Tomorrow, Acres and Burning Down Alaska in their homeland.
In addition to the album launch in April, the band hope to be out on tour later in the year and, as Tamas says: “We want to see places we’ve never seen before, play the new songs everywhere possible to anyone that will listen and share these experiences with us.” So fingers crossed they’ll be hitting up the UK soon.