It Follows - The Devil Put People Here [Review]
A new year is upon us and Polish Metalcore newcomers It Follows waste no time in revealing the fruits of a year in forming and finalizing their team with their debut effort The Devil Put People Here. With their crushing singles “Noose” and “Lynch”, It Follows has a lot of eyes watching to see how this album turns out as a whole. So is It Follows ready for the road to the big leagues?
About The Band
It Follows is a Metalcore quartet based in Poland. According to frontman Klama, their musical influence is “Any kind of aggression, anger, disappointment caught in the sounds, the example of the first two Slipknot albums, a real hell.”. The band was actually formed two years ago, but personal dealings pushed things back. Now with a year to restructure and recover, It Follows is ready to take on the World… one ear at a time.
The Devil Put People Here
The album starts with one of It Follows more known tracks “Noose”. Klama stated the driving force for the song was the death of Chester Bennington and then Chris Cornell. It shows not only Klama’s vocal range, but also the statement of how heavy musically and “no frills” lyrically they can truly be. For me the real album started with the second track “Dark Clouds” as for me this is a representation of who It Follows is currently as a quartet as opposed to the time “Noose” was written and released when the band was merely a trio. “Dark Clouds” started a bit more melodic than the former track, but quickly changed up to a nice heavy riff through the verse. The chorus is melodic, making the track a nice Metalcore mix. The other tracks run in similar fasion. Full of nice beefy riffs, catchy drumming that isn’t “blast beat” level, but keeps a sustainable pace that keeps the album from becoming redundant or boring. Klama’s vocals are as on par as his songwriting skills. Songs like “Toxic Drug Past” display the wide range Klama can go while still retaining the core aggression. You hear hallmark metal influences in some of the head bopping breakdowns, but it still sounds great. The production and quality of each track is top notch for a DIY release. You definitely hear every work and every exhausting detail put in this album.
The album closes out with the very slower paced and ballad-like “Collection Of Fear” . The track is very dark and would even cross over to appeal to the modern goth scene. It gives you that feeling like you are hearing this from that dark little cell in one’s mind. It’s a great way to close out this killer effort called The Devil Put People Here.
To be honest, I am humbled by this album in a way. As young as the members of It Follows are and as fresh as the band is, I expected a good effort and a lot of potential, but an outcome that could use work and progression. I can clearly say that I was completely wrong in my expectations. As good as this dark horse of an album from 4 kids in a very small scene in Poland is, their boyish charm, Klama’s vocal range and songwriting style (which can only evolve and get better with experience) along with their will and positive belief in themselves and their music will take them to great places as their success story basically writes itself. With a good year of extensive touring in support of The Devil Put People Here, connecting with their listeners, learning as much as they can with whatever acts they are touring with, and just give it their all night in and night out, I would not be surprised to see It Follows on a label their next time around.
In speaking with Klama, I got the feeling that they really think they are a great rock band. Not in an arrogant way, but in a confident and grateful way. After listening to this album, I was convinced that they have what it takes, as long as they stay on the course they are in.