YON is a screamo/post-hardcore group from Dresden, Germany. The group is a well-established name on the underground scene, but it seems these guys are keeping a low profile on social media and maintaining the incognito status while solely focusing on visual and audio aesthetics. Since their formation, YON released a solid list of recordings such as Catch EP on cassette, a debut full-length cassette named You, a split tour cassette release with Pigeon, and Doom Over Dresden: Demos 2013-2019. By taking a closer look at their visual aesthetics, you’ll notice how the band nurtures a minimalistic approach that usually includes a singular character, which serves as a centerpiece of the action on their artworks. However, their music unveils profoundly detailed articulations, usually enhanced by more than just screamo sound.
This year embarks a new chapter for YON, mainly because of their highly anticipated brand new full-length named Order Of Violence. This most advanced material includes more compositions than their previous releases, unveils a slight change in artistic concept and expression while the music evolved into even more complex orchestrations than before. While the minimal artistic approach is still their primary weapon of choice, this time group decided to include more characters at the front artwork. This time the focus is on the group that climbs over the hill, vividly depicted on a detailed hand-drawn illustration. Still, YON keeps things as minimalist as possible, so you’ll notice how even this change doesn’t spoil their established concept.
Order Of Violence carries dozen of exceptionally composed numbers that are going beyond screamo and post-hardcore sound. YON expands the sound to every genre that embraces a post prefix, and you’ll probably notice some marvelously performed post-metal, post-rock, and post-emo segments. However, the band expands their sound even further by thoroughly exploring melodic hardcore, mathcore, emo violence, emo, and punk rock. YON thoughtfully planned each maneuver throughout the entire album, and you’ll solely enjoy their spectacular melodic sequences that are enhancing the structure of these numbers even more. The guitars are doing wonders by continuously dueling for dominance over and over again. They’re already equally present in the mix, but somehow they’re leaving that melancholic vibe through those duels. You’ll especially relish the marvelous harmonizations, outstanding mathcore technicalities, arpeggiated and standard chord progressions that are unquestionably building blocks of their thoroughly delicate music.
An active sounding bass guitar provides a direct slap in the face through precisely performed low-end tones. These basslines offer more than necessary stamina to the beforementioned melodic structures, but they’re also giving more depth to the overall listening experience. The rhythmical acrobatics are chopping these orchestrations with tremendous precision through various rhythmic sequences, accentuations, and drum fills. The continuous splashing over the cymbals matches the overall atmosphere, mostly achieved through a series of guitar effects such as reverb, echo, and delay. Lead vocalist contributes to this appropriately organized chaos through tremendously performed screams that sometimes appear like they’re arriving straight from hell. However, you’ll stumble upon calm chants that are settling the hysterical and desperate ambiance with adequately soothing tones.
Order Of Violence serves as a proper continuation of this German screamo/post-hardcore outlet. The beauty of this release is laying in layers of marvelous melodies, performed with so much sense. Nevertheless, YON includes enough hysteria, emotion, and organized chaos to spice things up. Order Of Violence comes as a vinyl release, which is a result of the collaboration between Zegema Beach Records, Fresh Outbreak Records, Quebranta Records, Les disques Rabat-joie, and Dingleberry Records. As you can see, there’s plenty of options for ordering, so head over to your favorite record label and grab this gem.