Ryan Caldwell -Bass
Jason Yocom -Guitar
1. Caustic Paradigm
2. Malicious Compliance
3. An Open Letter (to the Bleeding Hearts)
4. Fucking Relentless
5. Invade The Host
6. The Great Leveler
7. High Tide
8. Scatter The Herd
9. Shadows Caste In White
10. Concrete Fist
11. The Fallen Pillars
This Candian metalcore quartet originally began as a cover band, venturing out with their own original music, releasing a demo in 2018. Their energetic brand of metal will interest fans of the mainstream metalcore/ hardcore of the 00’s such as Bullet for My Valentine, and early Killswitch Engage.
Caustic Paradigm a fierce, galloping track, opens the album. Some excellent screams can be found in Malicious Compliance, well accompanied by the heavy guitar riffs. Taking a slightly more theatrical approach, with catchy callbacks and scales on the guitar, An Open Letter (to the Bleeding Hearts) bring to mind Avenged Sevenfold, back in their heyday. Fucking Relentless just like its name, is fast, aggressive, the drummer working hard to give us the intensity the song name requires. Invade The Host doesn’t let up, with the addition of some interesting melodic elements. Changing the tone and pace The Great Leveler gives us (only slightly softer) instrumentals and vocals, playing more into classic metal in moments.
Opening with a wild, animalistic screech High Tide shows us some masterful pacing, with pregnant poses descending into some heavy breakdowns. Scatter The Herd caught me by surprise, with its epic lyrics about battlefields and melodic guitars almost venturing into the realm of power metal. We’re firmly back in metalcore territory with Concrete Fist a super-heavy chugging track. To close the record in epic style, The Fallen Pillars, gives us something of a ballad, with some laconic vocals thrown in with some emotive screams. The final warbling tones of the guitar fade out with some soft chords truly make this fitting as the grand finale of the record.
This is a distinctly nostalgic album but for two different genres. The hardcore and metalcore elements jostle for attention making it a little hard to pin down what exactly should be nostalgic for. Maybe I may be caught reminiscing about my adolescence, since the theatrical riffs and the half-shouted, half- screeched vocals were some of the things I enjoyed the most as an angsty teen. I can tell from the energy this band conveys that they would be a top-tier entertainment live, perfect for a rowdy mosh and sing-along.
If it wasn’t for the final track, The Fallen Pillars which broke the same, relentless rhythm of every track before it, this record risked melding into a series of angry, non-distinct tracks. However, the hints of versatility and experimentation can be seen throughout and I wonder if the aggression and energy which this band delivers well (a little too well maybe?) would have been more impactful with some softer elements to contrast it against.
Nevertheless, a fun and energetic debut, and I hope soon to be able to experience it live.