From the opening howls of ‘Fidelity’ and its melodic guitar searing behind it, I was instantly entranced. There’s an equal amount of melodic hardcore and punk rock to this that has my mind recalling the best moments of Set Your Goals and Citizen’s earlier work. Continue reading Reside – Closing Doors EP (2017)
Well..if this isn’t a welcome step up for Drown This City! The new single ‘Bend/Break’ sounds better from a production value angle as well as song writing. Perfect. Pardon me waiter..we’ll order 9 more of these please to go, no more appetisers. Thanks.
Continue reading Drown This City – Bend/Break (single) 2017
They come from Brisbane, 5 new faces armed with a shiny new full length that’s loaded with straight up melodic hardcore tunes that will satisfy fans of the old and the new. Continue reading Kings – Never Alone (2017)
Hailing from Melbourne this powerhouse 4 piece finds themselves in a wrestling match between wanting to crush your skull and smooth things over with you. Continue reading Caution: Thieves – Songs From The Great Divide (2017)
Melodic metalcore from Melbourne (*cough Gippsland *cough) with a solid message aimed at empowering young people and socially conscious listeners. Continue reading Mirrors – Fools Paradise (2017)
Aussie metalcore with all the polish and shine that’s become standard. Thankfully they’ve also included excellent songs with their riffs and pit churners. SO maybe it’s not so standard after all? (ooh burn!) Continue reading Ocean Sleeper – Six Feet Down (EP) 2016
Melbourne lads ‘Incentives’ have conjured up some very impressive technical melodic hardcore with their debut EP titled ‘Dusk’. It’s 6 servings of unrelenting guitar work and punishing drums..but isn’t without it’s draw backs. Continue reading Incentives – Dusk (2016) EP
These Melbourne lads do the intense and furious modern hardcore blend pretty bloody well. Note: this genre is getting tired, so I’m only lifting the bands that really grab me at this point and I’m adding these cats to the list after catching them at a recent local show.
The EP opens with it’s title track and this song has like..so many different twists and bits that it’s really quite impressive. It’s pretty up tempo for the first minute before finding familiar ground in the half time grooves and build ups and it’s from there that the surprises start. There’s a great spoken word/almost slam passage in the middle, keys and breakdowns, build ups and double kick..snare rolls and holy flat packs Batman…I can hear the bass! Dirty low end is present throughout the whole release and he even does stuff!! Hell he even closes out the EP. Rad.
Highlight track #3 ‘Resolve’ gets really busy with loads of double kick and syncopated guitars. Has a nice big chorus that incorporates some melody, great catch lines and is instantly recognisable. This one stood out above the rest..just for its instant appeal.
After that..it’s all just gravy 🙂
Guitars on this release are really clear and not too over the top. NB: there’s also some crazy good leads/delay trickery and ambient tones that add depth and variety. Drums are crisp and punchy in exactly the way I’d expect but feel very centred…not over playing.There’s quite a few cool little stereo effects and what I assume are samples in parts which stand out with headphones on..(track #4 Harbinger has these swirly swooshy flanger sort of sounds in the middle that tripped me right out!)
Vocals have a fair few different things going on too. Most of it is screamed and that balances well between high’s and lows especially during breakdowns and more metal moments and then at other points (usually choruses) during the EP there’s really solid cleans as well. I really like the added spoken word/urgent yells in sections on this EP too. It’s not something I’d expect in a typically metal core outfit. Overall it’s a great example of a band not settling for one idea as a style but messing with it and coming up with some clever and engaging music.
In closing there’s some really good material in here, a few fresh ideas and it’s well worth seeing live as with a number of the newer heavy acts i’ve featured here (Void of Vision, Dead Poets, Love Alone, Left to the Wolves etc)
RIYL: melodic hardcore..seriously..im not listing all the bands you already listen to, get clicking on the link.. >