Fever 333 - Strength In Numb333rs
With Strength In Numb333rs, the Fever 333 choose to disregard the practice of bursting onto the scene, opting instead to rip it up and start a new one with a monolithic arena-ready politically-charged statement of intent.
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When you threaten to put three men whose pasts are as varied as a nuclear family’s Netflix collection together in a band, you’d better be prepared to reap the seeds you’ve sewn. Perhaps though, the world isn’t quite ready for the storm Californian supergroup Fever 333 bring. Born out of the ashes of post-hardcore flagbearers Letlive., metalcore pioneers The Chariot and post-rock newcomers Night Verses, Fever 333 is at once the passion project of three men put to task by the polarising political environment of modern-day America and the genre-dismissing, arena-packaged tour-de-force none of their previous bands managed to achieve.

Debut full-length Strength In Numb333rs explodes at the speed of a bullet, twisting post-hardcore, nu-metal, hip-hop, and dubstep through a blender of monstrous acidic proportions, rarely allowing incendiary frontman Jason Aalon Butter room to breathe.

It’s difficult to categorise the record, let alone individual tracks, which often or not are built one way and burned down another. On the seven-minute centrepiece Inglewood/3, the band drift into One More Light-era Linkin Park territory whilst simultaneously sounding like a track dance-pop producer’s The Chainsmokers could’ve had a hand in producing as well as coming off like a straight-up rap track, before exploding into a prominent post-hardcore pummel. In less able hands, this chaotic mash-up would sound disastrous, yet in the Fever 333’s capable hands, it sounds absolutely massive. It’s epic descent from the highs of hope into the depths of desperation and anger signified by the seismic shifts in genres mirrors the world Butler’s lyrics reflect.

Lyrically, Strength In Numb333rs is a raucous rally that repurposes the protest hymns of rap-rock forefathers Rage Against The Machine (particularly their eponymous 1992 debut) to reflect the police brutality, racial discrimination, and corruption swarming Trump-led America. Throwing out metaphors like Bart Simpson throws out fart jokes, Butler’s lyrics are quick-witted and delivered with blink-and-you’ll-miss-it precision, cutting through the skin with brutal honesty. On Prey For Me/3, the Fever 333 offer their stance on police brutality and armed violence, spitting out critiques like “if you meet the one with a badge and gun, just know the bullet is faster than you can run” whilst simultaneously daring the powers that be to take their protest on “pull the trigger, I am the gun.”

Whilst their mission to rally the youth of today into standing up against the system that silences them is crystal clear and is set off like wildfire, it’s the underlying message hidden away in the depths of Strength In Numb333rs musical makeup that is just as interesting. Whereas much of the album veers on the experimental, the likes of early-hitters Burn It and Animal are monolithic homeruns that burst with chaos and colour; the former firing like a war-cry and the latter lighting up like a nu-metal political-party anthem. It’s clear that whilst the Fever 333’s previous bands were known critically, with this project they’re as keen to break the glass ceiling between cult heroes and mainstream mainstays as they are provoking political unrest.

With Strength In Numb333rs, the Fever 333 choose to disregard the practice of bursting onto the scene, opting instead to rip it up and start a new one with a monolithic arena-ready politically-charged statement of intent.

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