Salt Lake City, Utah’s Rile began in 2012 as the side-project of Sam Richards of Cult Leader. After adding in Brian Fell and Matt Mascarenas, the band spent several years playing occasional shows and writing songs. As time passed, the focus shifted for this project to become their main one, and they have released a new song and video to celebrate that new drive.
Enter “Pessimist,” a nearly five minute aural assault. It is complete with a barrage of massive percussion work, piercing vocals, and string performance bordering on abusive. Recorded at Archive Recordings with Wes Johnson, then mixed by Kurt Ballou at God City Studios and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, the song has sonic treatment that elevates it in all the right ways.
Sam Richards says this about the track, “Pessimist is about the defeat we feel as we struggle to stay creative and authentic to ourselves in a world we’re losing—the pointlessness of spending so much of our short time here in the busy routine of work.”
Whether you are a fan of Converge, Botch, Deadguy, or just feel like a proper dose of absolutely pissed metalcore, you will enjoy this and it is worth your time. You can see the music video done by Morongod below. Be sure to keep an eye out for the debut announcement from Rile as well; I am definitely stoked on it and think you will be too after this track.