Belgian band Titans have honed a heavy yet melodic hardcore sound that aims to bring positive reflections on some of the darker aspects of life.
The Beveren quintet is led by the huge vocals of frontman Sean Bals, supported by booming riffs and delicious guitar melodies – all of which combined makes for a powerful metalcore offering.
The band send us In Recognition, the second track from last year’s album Transparent, which offers a thrilling insight into their huge sound. It launches straight into Sean’s huge vocals, beginning at breakneck speed with huge driving drums and guitars. That drops into a cool little section of stabbing guitars and big cymbals under cries of: “If it wasn’t for you, I would not have carried on, I would not carry on.”
It launches straight back into another energetic verse of intense vocals and unrelenting drums. It’s absolutely massive! The pace drops a little then booming chugging riffs come in under huge screams, then drops into light guitars and building drums.
But it bursts into life again with a lively high-pitched lick over intense vocals “I will never forget the day when my world came crashing downm I will always remember how I broke down in that car, But I fought back and I moved on, Found a new lease on life and I’ve never felt so strong, I’ve lived through the darkest days and made it out, All of this just to make you proud” to bring the track to a close. Check it out here:
The album is absolutely huge, packed with unrelenting heavy goodness including a personal favourite track None for All. It opens up with a cool little riff that intensifies as drums and huge vocals join in, then a fast-paced chorus of vocals supported by massive pounding drums. More melodic guitars take over alongside doomy cymbals, then big low pitched chords under huge screamed vocals.
While title track Transparent combines the intense vocals and driving drums with a delicious guitar lick. It drops into booming guitars under huge screamed vocals then a cool darting riff and pounding chords under a huge scream. Check it out below:
And if you like booming, low-tuned guitars and massive breakdowns then Forbearance and final track In Pulses may well be the ones for you!
We had a chat with frontman Sean Bals to find out more. Read on below…
GR: Who are Titans?
SB: “We are a hardcore/metal band hailing from Beveren, Belgium, currently consisting of Sean Bals on vocals, Yoeri Van Damme on guitars, Anthony Joosen on Bass and Maurits Elzinga on drums.
“Originally Anthony and I played together in a melodic hardcore band called Like Those Days. When that band eventually broke up, Anthony and I were not ready to quit the genre. We invited Maurits, Yoeri and Jurgen, all of them people we knew beforehand either through playing with them in other bands or playing shows with their former bands. Things then clicked immediately and within a few weeks of Like Those Days breaking up, Titans was spawned into being.
GR: You just released In Recognition. What should people be expecting from the song?
SB: “The very basis of In Recognition was already written in 2013. For some reason that song was just put in stasis for a very long time until we fell upon it while writing music for Titans. We wanted to start off all guns blazing, creating a song with a furious tempo and hard hitting breakdowns leading up to a big melodic finale.
“Lyrically, we always try to bring about a positive message concerning difficult aspects of life. I wrote these lyrics after being hospitalized for a few days and having to drastically change the way I live my life. I wrote it as a thank you letter for the people that stood by me during that difficult time.
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
SB: “We would describe our sound as raw unfiltered heavy music, containing high energy riffs, aggressive thumping drums, strong lyrical storytelling and catchy choruses.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
SB: “While living our day to day lives, we are constantly being bombarded by both positive and negative feelings. Memories suddenly popping up or news stories can often define your whole day in many different ways. Instrumentally we always try to capture those sentiments in each song, be they positive or negative. Lyrically we always try to enhance this through storytelling. We aim to put those positive feelings under a looking glass or try and shine a positive reflection on those negative feelings.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
SB: “We are inspired by a whole plethora of heavy music. We are influenced by bands such as Misery Signals, Stick To Your Guns, Counterparts, The Ghost Inside, August Burns Red and many more.”
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?
SB: “2020 has been a weird year. We released our latest EP not so long ago, but playing gigs has been put on hold for the foreseeable future, so by the time that starts up again, we might be able to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of Transparent.
“We just released our video for In Recognition, so we are very excited to be sharing that. We are also in the process of writing new music, recording demos and preparing some new content that we are very excited for. We would advise everyone to keep an eye on our social media for that!”
GR: We’ve heard from a few Belgian bands recently and it seems the country’s rock/metal scene is in a good place. What are your thoughts on it?
SB: “There are a lot of Belgian bands putting out some amazing content. The Belgian scene relies heavily on bands sharing each other’s music and supporting each other in every way they can, and even in these difficult Corona times the whole scene is putting in the effort.
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
SB: “If you are a fan of heavy music, have a listen and tell us what you think! We are extremely excited for the future and are looking forward to giving our all on stage again!”