Song Review: Halcyon Days – “True North”

Song Review: Halcyon Days – “True North”

Song review: True North 
Band: Halcyon Days
Location: Oslo, Norway
Date of Release: 18th December 2013
Genre: Metalcore. As Metalcore as you could possibly get
Reviewer: Erised

So this is our first submission from Norway and I’ve gotta say, I’m simultaneously disappointed and pleased at the same time. It’s as if I came home to find my pillow-girlfriend gone and replaced with a real woman. Not at all as good, but it’ll still do…I guess.

Now, as you can probably ascertain, this is straight up Metalcore. I’m not sure what the first clue is, perhaps “Metalcore. As Metalcore as you could possibly get” in the genre might have been it, but either way it’s actually pretty decent. It’s generic as fuck as is the case with the bulk of the Metalcore submissions we get, but this one actually manages to be somewhat enjoyable anyway.

The vocals are easily the weakest part of the equation, which could be why they are mixed so low. They come across as weak in some places, and pretty good in others so it’s more a question of consistency than anything else.

The guitarwork is catchy, string-skipping goodness right out of any Metalcore band’s staple diet of At The Gates/Killswitch Engage/Trivium etc. They do the standard trick of giving the riff one playthrough by itself and then harmonising it on the second run. They do a lot of standard things actually.

The bass, I’m happy to report, is most certainly present! It riffs along with the guitars like the runty, half-brain-dead kitten that follows it’s brothers and sisters before getting beaten to the teat. Seriously, aren’t bass players adorable?

The drums are quite….drumlike? drumesque? drumish? I don’t know, but they certainly sound like drums, have plenty of tight kick work and thrash beats galore. Good times.

The only thing that remotely sets these guys apart from the chaff, or at least makes them a slightly higher grade of chaff, is the breakdown at the end. I did Nazi that one coming at all! It was EASILY the highlight of the song, giving it some much needed beef in what was otherwise a fairly vegetable-based minestrone of a song. You know what they say: “You don’t make friends with salad

In summary, it’s tried and true Metalcore. It’s cliche, but cliches become cliche for a reason. I actually enjoyed listening to this song, but then, Metalcore is kind of my thing. It’s not reinventing the wheel, but at the very least, they are keep the wheel round and not trying to roll around on square wheels like some sort of wheel-n00b.

Vocals: Screams: 6.5/10 Cleans: briefly 7/10
Guitars: 6.5/10
Bass: 6/10
Drums: 7/10
Production: 6.5/10
Lyrics: Norwegians writing in English/10
Songwriting: 4.5/10
Overall IPHYB Rating: 6/10

Song Review: Halcyon Days – “True North”
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  • dr.greenthumb

    still better than “can baby jesus swim” Cbjs