The pure aggression of metalcore is present in all its splendour in the intense, yet melodic, sound of Canadian six-piece No Faith In Fortune – which they have dubbed “progressive aggressive.”
Much of their music has come from some pretty dark places – read the interview below for more on that – and this comes across in their seriously heavy, seriously good metal sound. Expect plenty of heavy riffing, wild vocals and an all-round savage delivery of hard-hitting metalcore.
The sextet of Matty Toth (lead vocals), Jacob (lead guitar) and Zach Ottewell (rhythm guitar), McTeighgan Millett (keys/synth), Richard Crowdis (bass) and Travis Derksen (drums) released debut EP Designing Yesterday back in May, and sent us lead single Dead Possessions to have a listen to.
It opens up with creepy synth sounds before huge booming guitars and pounding bass drum alongside a sinister synth sound support frontman Matty’s intense screamed vocals. It’s a huge opening, which slightly lessens in intensity with stabbing guitars under Matty’s heavy vocals.
The booming guitars return, along with the eerie synth, and really come to the fore after a huge guttural scream leads into a big smash of guitars. The pace drops with light guitars, the synth returns and builds up to another barrage of savage screamed vocals. It’s super intense and we love it. Check it out below:
For a further taste of just how good these guys are, take a listen to the intense EP title track Designing Yesterday. It also starts off with creepy light synth sounds, then quick bursts of high-pitched guitars, then booming low-tuned riffs come in alongside a barrage of heavy vocals from Matty.
High-pitched guitar and driving drums jump in under screamed vocals, then fun little guitar flourishes give way to a heavy chorus. The pace drops in a morbid little section of looping guitars over a low synth, then chugging guitars come in under screamed vocals, before a section of big booming guitars with little high-pitched flourishes.
While Building Fences sums up the pure intensity of the band, with keyboards imitating a guitar riff in-between palm-muted guitars then giving way to a barrage of heavy guitars, drums and vocals. It also features clean vocals in the chorus! Give it a listen below:
To find out more about this exciting new band we had a chat with Matty and Jacob. Read on below…
GR: Who are No Faith In Fortune?
Jacob: “We were formed in Drayton Valley, AB in 2016. McTeighgan started out on drums and asked me to come jam with him and a couple of previous members. I also took on the role of vocalist and the four-piece band put on a couple of local shows in Drayton Valley.
“In 2017, the band moved to Abbotsford and lost our rhythm guitarist. We played a few open mics and went through some lineup changes. In the fall of 2017, we met our current vocalist Matty. We had been searching for a drummer when our bassist left the band. Matty recruited Richard and Travis from his old band Slaughterhauser to fill bass and drums. Shortly after, my brother Zach joined as our rythym guitarist.
“Once the current lineup was established, the 6 of us went to record a 5 song EP at Rain City Recorders with Matt Roach. We have played several shows in the greater Vancouver area and just finished up a six-date western Canadian run supporting the second half of The Hallowed Catharsis’ Summer Expulsion Tour. (Check them out, they are really good).”
You just released Dead Possessions. What should people be expecting from the song?
Matty: “They should expect raw emotions when listening to Dead Possessions – I let the world into some of the darkest places my mental health has ever experienced while writing the lyrics.
“The majority of the song on my end was written after a suicide attempt. I was in a bad place mentally because of a divorce and kept trying to be the better person. Every time I would get walked on or was mentally hurt on purpose by this person I’d hide my true colours behind a fake smile and all sorts of substances to numb myself. Most of the lyrics from our EP are based on these experiences as well.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
Jacob: “I would describe our sound as modern metalcore with a focus on groove, melody and ambiance.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
Matty: “My emotions are what usually drives me to write music and unfortunately it’s usually negative emotions. I find it’s a good way to vent my anger or frustration and release it instead of letting it bottle up. One of my goals for our next album is to write lyrics in third person instead of all from my perspective, its something I have always had trouble with and I would love to write about something other than my mental health.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
Jacob: “My musical influences when I originally started writing my own music were bands like August Burns Red, Periphery and Architects. Over the past few years, I’ve drawn influence from other bands like Make Them Suffer, Phinehas, Northlane and many other popular metalcore bands. Early musical influences that may also contribute to our sound include bands like Slipknot, Lamb of God, Metallica and All That Remains.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019?
Matty: “We have a playthrough and lyric video in the works from stuff off of Designing Yesterday that should come out within the next month or two. As for new stuff, we hit the studio in October to record a single with our homie Matt Roach at Rain City Recorders. We are hoping to release it before the end of the year but I’m a pretty optimistic person for timelines so it might be early 2020.
“Pre-pro for our next album will be spring of 2020 and until that is recorded completely most touring will be kept to weekends around western Canada. Our goal for next year is to hit up Eastern Canada and the West Coast down in the states. If we can do one of the two we would be happy, .500 is a good batting average right?”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
Matty: “There are three things our band is really good at (besides pretending we can play our instruments). Making fun of each other, drinking beer and smoking joints (except for me). If anyone at a show wants to buy us a drink, call us funny names or laugh at our fashion sense and giggle about it afterwards over a joint; then fuckin’ eh, we are down!”