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Positive vibes are running rife with Make Them Suffer. Their new album, Worlds Apart, does what it says on the tin – it’s a release that sets the Perth metal outfit so far apart from their peers that on listening to the churning and ethereal noises, you’ll realise that there’s not anything quite like this currently on the scene.

Make Them Suffer have made positive changes to their sound, ushering in a new era. With that change in direction has come overwhelmingly positive reception. “When we wrote our track called ‘Ether’, it gave us an idea or a vision,” says frontman, Sean Harmanis. “Putting that song out was such a risk, but it was what we wanted to do. When people responded well to it, and it had a positive response, that gave us the confidence to move forward.

“The record isn’t always nice and pretty, but it is cool to play some major scale metal: create that kind of airy, breezy atmosphere. It’s exciting for us because I’ve never heard anything like this before.”

Compared to their previous releases, with Worlds Apart, Make Them Suffer are undertaking a more melodic direction. This different application to songwriting, Harmanis feels, will have positive sway with their fans. “I think some fans have immediately enjoyed it,” he says. “Old Souls [2015] was a leap away from Never Bloom [2012], this is completely different – if that was a step, this a leap, a leap into new territory. The majority of comments are positive – some people just want to hear blast beats and breakdowns like what we do on our first album – this album isn’t about how it’s going to be received initially off the bat, it’s about [how] years down the track, people will look back and listen and say, ‘Wow, that was actually a pivotal album for Make Them Suffer’. I think that’s when it’s a good album when it stands the test of the time.”

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“Having had the album for a couple of months now, I like to listen when we finish and reflect on what we could have done better, but by the same token, I haven’t put it down. It’s definitely a release that has a lot of shelf life. Some people who don’t enjoy it on an initial listen will come round and enjoy it later.”

Harmanis has said something that runs true for any creative person – sure, there are things the band may feel they could have done better, but for a creative mind whose ideas never stop churning, there will always be an infinite amount of possibilities for the direction which their work could take. For Make Them Suffer, with every performance and play of the new material, with each new audience and the different reactions they receive, it solidifies confidence and more positivity in their choice for a new sound. “The thing is,” Harmanis begins, “when you see our band, there are songs that have snuck under your radar when you listen to the album, but when you see it live, you get a newfound appreciation for a particular song. So being able to tour the record is a really positive thing.

“We’re really proud of it, and I think this is an album that we’re going to be touring quite extensively.”

 

Make Them Suffer are touring Australia mid-September with Wage War and Alpha Wolf.

 

Written by Anna Rose

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