Ten56. – Downer Part.2

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Ten56. is a france metalcore band that releases their second EP called Downer Part.2, the follow-up of the earlier released EP called Downer Part.1. Putting those two together you get enough material worth one big release, so I was curious about the difference between the two.

It has a lot of similarities with their French brothers from Landmvrks with for instance the more rap oriented song ‘RLS’, something that Landmvrks does too. And it has the same vibe. It’s not my cup of tea, but it’s just some kind of experiment. I like the heavy stuff more that luckily also got a place on this release. They open this EP with ‘Yenta’, a metalcore song with some rap influences. Nothing wrong with that cause bands like Papa Roach and Limb Bizkit made a fortune with this kind of music, but it misses some kind of catchyness. ‘Traumadoll’ has the same problem where the rap influences are more prominent, and it doesn’t stick.

‘Saiko’ has the same problem returning even through the more brutal riffs. I feel it’s the rap influences that bring the whole thing down. With ‘Intruder’ we get some kind of intermezzo that isn’t really about anything and has no meaning in this story so don’t know what it means. ‘Masque‘ goes past me completely unnoticed. But finally there is ‘Ender’ and this song makes up the lost time. Brutal, breakdown,… everything a core song needs. It was the thing I waited for because they can do it. They proved it with their previous release that has two songs that were heavy as fuck, but this release is not my cup of tea. Fans of Landmvrks this is a blind buy but the real metalcore adepts that love their core to be more brutal, you might just let it go past you.

Ten56. does a good job with their metalcore that has been infused with some rap music. Not my cup of tea but we have to evolve. Not everyone will like it, but I’m sure this will have its fans.


  • Music / Songwriting 6/10
  • Vocals / Lyrics 6/10
  • Mix / Production 7/10
  • Artwork & Packaging 6/10
  • Originality 8/10

Ten56. released their second EP filled with songs that have a metalcore sound with rap influences similar to Landmvrks. 20 years ago we had nu metal and now we have something you could call the “nu metalcore” sound, a progression that most definitely will have its own share of fans.

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