This is my first time listening to Distant. Therefore all I had to go on was, the genre(deathcore) and where they are from.
I had no preconceived expectations for this release. Truth be told I'm not a huge fab of deathcore in general but will listen to it from time to time. While listening to "Heritage " I thought of something I am planning to put in a different article. Heavy metal has been around for over 50 years. In that time there have been probably 100 sub-genres that have been born. I honestly thought the genre had reached its full potential in 2023. And yet Distant proved me wrong with "Heritage ".
They seem to have created "atmospheric deathcore". Never-mind the obvious difference with the lyrical theme. The music itself grabs you in a different way than the majority of their peers. The atmospheric element is there but not in your face, distracting from the other instruments. Everything flows together instead of having a section for each element; a lot of bands fail at this because the more vibrant less traditional elements are pushed harder to where you almost forget they are a metal band.
But not in this case. Distant has separated themselves with this release. No doubt they are now the new benchmark in deathcore.
Alan Grnja - vocals
Elmer Maurits - bass guitar
Nouri Yetgin - lead guitar
Vladimir Golic - rhythm guitar
Jan Mato - drums