Our Final Hour

The Moving House EP

Written by: PP on 15/10/2013 22:58:51

Our Final Hour are a relatively new band from Isle Of Man, UK, who released a new EP called "The Moving House" earlier this year to much fan appreciation. They're a difficult band to review because their sound is all over the place on the genre map with nuances and strong influences drawn equally much from post-hardcore, emotional hardcore, and even metalcore at times for good measure.

So let's settle for experimental post-hardcore, which is the most fitting description for their expression. The vast majority of vocals are screamed, but in an unusually slow and restrained tempo, recalling Dead Hearts' brilliant "Bitter Verses" from six years ago more than anyone else. Then, clean vocals arrive that wouldn't feel out-of-place on a Silverstein or on a The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus record, especially given the shift in tempo to a higher pace that's apparent during many choruses. They even integrate female singing gothic metal style on "#LSBC", which admittedly do feel a little odd on the record. Elsewhere, plenty of buildups and carefully constructed, experimental passages take their sound towards the likes of The End and, yes, even Thrice during their heaviest moments, so you can imagine why this is a hard band to describe on virtual paper. Things don't get any easier on "Searcher" that draws from the melodic hardcore bands like Stick To Your Guns, while throwing in Architects references vocally.

This is basically how the EP progresses throughout its six songs, which hover around the four-minute mark on average each. There's lots of depth and progressive elements on display, which makes it a grower record. But even as I'm on my god knows how manyeth listen over the last few weeks, I'm finding it difficult to identify with the EP as a whole. It's as if the band are incredibly close to something special, but are missing just a few inches from utter brilliance as it stands now. I can't pinpoint what it is exactly, but let's just put it this way: Our Final Hour are a band to watch in the future as they progress as songwriters.

Download: #LSBC, Autumn Breeze
For the fans of: Dead Hearts, The End, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Thrice
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Release date 24.06.2013

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