Luke Wright – Vocals
Myles Dyer – Vocals
Huw Roch – Guitar
Mario Scinto – Guitar
Joshua Barretto – Drums
1) Our Only Home
2) New Vision
3) Horror Show
Reading based modern metallers Schemata Theory have had a barren past two years, without releasing any new music and losing their primary song writer. However, they have shown resilience by coming through it with this new three track EP, produced by SiKth’s Justin Hill.
Immediately the record sounds apocalyptic and crushing with metallic drum and guitar tones filling up the speakers to breaking point. However, this doesn’t mean that Schemata Theory have ignored melodic sensibilities, and past the deathcore style riffing their dual vocal approach sees coarsely strung vocal lines take hold of the songs and carry them into a more accessible direction. It’s clear this band have wide ambitions, with ‘New Vision’ especially following the melodic-aggressive formula that has brought Bring Me The Horizon to regular Radio One airplay.
However, the five-piece still fall into some of the cringey and outdated cliches that so many of their contemporaries do. ‘Life can’t hurt much more than death’ sang melodically is sickly sweet when placed above reverbed guitar arpeggios, and then the sudden transition between American style singing to the Estuary accented shouts of ‘Welcome to the horror show’ sounds ridiculous. I understand the emotions of disenfranchisement and anger that the band is trying to express with the use of political samples and ‘cerebral’ lyrics, but from a listener’s perspective, this is kind of overdone.
As you may have guessed I’m not normally a fan of bands such as Schemata Theory, but actually, I think they execute their style rather well. For an underground act, this record sounds huge, and their shift in focus from technical to songwriting values between their debut album and this EP has certainly been successful. If you would normally get down to melo-death riffing, aggressive melodies and charging drumming, this could be a new band for you to watch