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On The Wings Of Hope

Written by: BL on 18/03/2009 13:42:34

When I saw the rather odd name I wasn't really sure what to expect when I threw on this 4-track EP by this Australian 5-piece. Initially sounding remarkably like I Killed The Prom Queen with raspy Butcher-esque growls from frontman Maty Rowe and IKTPQ's bread and butter dual guitar harmonies straight from the get-go, it seemed like we've all been here before and should pack our bags before even arriving at the hotel, right? Well, I'd be inclined to say yes to those of you tired of the same-sounding Gothenburg melodies and breakdown-laden metalcore. But if you like I Killed The Prom Queen or Parkway Drive though there may be something here for you, so stick around.

Mixed and Mastered by acclaimed producer Tue Madsen (with credits in The Haunted, August Burns Red, Heaven Shall Burn, Himsa, and Suicide Silence to name a few), it's fair to say that the instrumentation is tight and competent, the layering at times is rich and there is a slight grainy feel to the sound which I think aids the moody tracks these boys have built. Also while they have no dedicated keyboardist, Maty not only does the vocals but also handles the programming and synths. These backing synths are perhaps the highlight of this EP. Giving off mostly a gothic and dark vibe, the synths give an added dimension to the otherwise predictable instrumentation work, and do wonders for the second track, "Apophis (Destroyer Of Worlds)", especially at the end - setting up the scene for a thumping and rather epic breakdown finish. The occasional delving into drum & bass-esque interludes with synth beats and fills actually sound nice with the haunting background echoes (see intro for "Sea Of Serpents").

The biggest problem is with the vocals here: while at times they sound like Butcher's nice lows, other times they sound too croaky and almost like burped sounds with vocal distortion effects like those Parkway Drive uses. Another thing is that had the second track finished the EP instead of being in the middle, it might have earned the disc a slightly better score, since that song is most suited as a closer and in my view the best song. All things considered though, there is still some promise for this band, and I'd be interested to see where they go from here, having come off the back of tours with established overseas acts such as Bring Me The Horizon and The Devil Wears Prada.

Download: On The Wings Of Hope, Apophis (Destroyer Of Worlds)
For the fans of: I Killed The Prom Queen, Parkway Drive, The Breathing Process
Listen: Myspace

Release date 28.02.2009
Skull & Bones

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