Song Review: Northern Downpour – “Wasted Time”

Song Review: Northern Downpour – “Wasted Time”

Song review: Wasted Time
Band: Northern Downpour
Location: South Jersey, USA
Date of Release: 26th December 2013
Genre: Post-Hardcore 
Reviewer: Erised

In the scheme of Post-Hardcore bands, these guys represent an insignificant drop in the ocean, an inconsequential speck of dust on the overcrowded nightstand that is the Underground Music Scene of today. This band is yet another that would get classified under “same old, same old” if you were to employ a ranking system for said Post-Hardcore bands.

Let’s lay it out. Weak screams. Strike number 1, right there. Post-Hardcore is one of those genres where typically there isn’t that much going on musically, so they tend to REALLY rely on what the frontman/men is/are doing. A Day To Remember is the obvious example. Large swathes of their catalog consist of the band merely backing up the exceptional vocal talents of Jeremy McKinnon, which is fine because he has the skill to back it up. These guys can not make that same claim. Admittedly, the clean vocals are pretty decent and the chorus hook isn’t too bad without being particularly memorable, but the screams just let the team down.

The rhythm section reminds me of an even more simplified version of Bury Your Dead at first, and when they throw the taps into the chorus, instead of coming across as melodic, it just sounds forced. 90% of this song is pushed along by a breakdowny back beat which, whilst initiating groove, leaves it without much in the way of variation. It all seems stale and you end up being pretty pleased when this clocks out at 2:45.

We say it constantly: “You need points of interest in your music.” ’nuff said really.

Vocals: Screams: 4/10 Cleans: 6.5/10
Guitars: 5/10
Bass: get off the root note and we might hear you/10
Drums: 4/10
Production: 6/10
Lyrics: 5.5/10
Songwriting: 4.5/10
Overall IPHYB Rating: 4.5/10

Song Review: Northern Downpour – “Wasted Time”
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