Formed a mere blink of an eye ago in 2011, the Essex quintet announce their intentions to great effect with this 5 track E.P.
The first thing that struck me on listening to this release was the high level of professionalism evident from a band so young. Every element of each track has obviously been thought out, assembled, taken apart, assembled again and tweaked until the finished, polished article gets the thumbs up.
Producing a very melodic take on the post hardcore genre the band remind me of early Funeral For A Friend in places as well as a smattering of You Me At Six thrown in for good measure, resulting in a very catchy sound that is pretty hard not to get bowled over by.
Track one, ‘Never Run Away’ is a powerful opener, the drums of Jay Wilding leading the way for a jump along song that travels at a fair pace but still manages to throw in plenty of tempo changes and produce a sing along chorus. Followed by ’Breathe In Breathe Out’, a slightly darker and heavier affair but again with a highly melodic chorus that lifts the spirits. ’One Forty’, depending on your point of view is the most Metal of the tracks on offer, with its deep machine gun riff that kicks at the chest with its intensity, the vocal of Bertie Scott conveying a sense of anger from deep within to the track. ’All My Answers’ returns things to a more melodic leaning once more, building and building to a skull crushing riff that takes no prisoners. Closer, ‘The Penitence’ is possibly the best of a good bunch, as it displays all the bands elements in a single track, brimming with youthful energy and talent that is highly infectious.
This is a really impressive E.P. from a really impressive band, a band that more than deserves to be checked out further.
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‘Stand Your Ground’ is available through all Digital sources.