Song Review: Caulfield – “Sour Grapes”

Song Review: Caulfield – “Sour Grapes”

Song review: Sour Grapes Band: Caulfield Location: Sydney, New South Wales Date of Release: 24th September 2013 Genre: Post-Hardcore Reviewer: Erised So of late, we’ve had a few good songs, a few average songs and this definitely falls into the former category. Not gonna lie, I enjoyed the fuck out of this. Starting off, first impression of this song was definitely along the lines of “I think I might like this”. Within about 10 seconds my suspicions were confirmed. Why do I like this? I’m glad you asked! Now, I’m a massive fan of A Day To Remember, and owing to the fact that the harsh vocalist bears more than a passing resemblance to Jeremy McKinnon, I was instantly put in mind of them. The screams are probably a bit heavier, and the cleans are more similar to ADTR‘s earlier stuff than what they offer now, but the song structure and excellent phrasing definitely doesn’t suffer in comparison.   The guitar work is really tasty.There’s some nice riff work with some catchy little taglines, and it really endeared me to them further. The production is quite slick, even if the vocals are maybe a touch quiet in the mix. I’d be remiss in my duties if I didn’t acknowledge the 0-5-8 syndrome that this song definitely displays, as do a LOT of metalcore songs, but in this case it doesn’t grate, which is a credit to the vocal/guitar/drums interplay that distracts from the more cliche elements. And speaking of drums, they follow the guitars nicely, emphasize the vocals which is exactly what should be happening in this style of...
Song Review: Revelations – “Overture To An Avalanche”

Song Review: Revelations – “Overture To An Avalanche”

Song review: Overture To An Avalanche Band: Revelations Location: Brisbane, Queensland Date of Release: 13th November 2013 Genre: Post-Hardcore Reviewer: Erised This genuinely has me torn. It’s fairly common for me to listen to a song and enjoy parts of it and utterly detest others, and this really sums up my thoughts on this song perfectly. As is my custom, i’ll start from the start. First impressions are obviously important, and this song got off to a bad start with me “let me introduce myself, i am death, you know me well” carries absolutely zero menace when sort of yelled a bit over the top of a genuine scream. That line is absolutely chock full of menace, but the vocals don’t really stay true to that as far as I’m concerned. That being said, when the first verse kicks in in earnest, it’s quite impressive. There’s a jingly keyboard line over the top of it which tops out the fullness quite well, and the screams are delivered well. It was at this point i thought, “maybe i’ll actually enjoy this song after all”. What happened next somewhat sullied that. The next part is a stoppy starty bit with a screamed line call and a clean response to it. “with emptiness comes desire, with desire comes an invitation”…. okay. The lyrics are okayish, but what really grates on my nerves in this part is the pithy vocal harmony that leads into the “sleepwalking part” (i’ll get to this in a second). It’s way too Escape the Fate for my liking, and personal preference aside, I think it is really unnecessary...
Song Review: Danger! Earthquake! – “Crooked Empire”

Song Review: Danger! Earthquake! – “Crooked Empire”

Song review: Crooked Empire Band: Danger! Earthquake! Location: Melbourne, Victoria Date of Release: 19th January 2014 Genre: Post-Hardcore Reviewer: Erised You know, when i started this page, I expected to be reviewing lots of shitty local bands and providing the criticism that I’m sure they aren’t getting from their friends and family. What’s actually happened so far is that I’ve had a couple of good quality offerings first up, which is quite welcome. So, starting from the start. First impression was that it sounds really polished with the token sampled intro that we’ve all come to know and love. I really love synth and keys when they are done well in a song, and this is a perfect example. The piano riff in the opening phrases is catchy as fuck, and suits the vibe really well. The vocals are really well performed, very well thought out and the cleans suit the chorus down to a ‘t’.   Guitar work is fairly typical of the scene at the minute, lots of chuggy opens and syncopated stops, which is fine. What’s really nice is that the drums compliment it really well. The chord progression is also subtly different from the masses, which is a nice touch, and the keys add a welcome fullness to the overall sound.   The production is frankly stellar, my only criticism being that i feel the clean female Vox during the chorus is mixed a little low, and the screams overpower them, which is a hell of a shame because they sound really good. Lyrically, this song is gold. I’m really happy with the overall thematic...
Song Review: First Sight – “The Nothing”

Song Review: First Sight – “The Nothing”

Song review: The Nothing Band: First Sight Location: Brisbane Date of Release: 3rd January 2014 Genre: Post-Hardcore Reviewer: Erised I’ll say this. I certainly didn’t hate it. I’ve actually heard this song before, so technically this wasn’t a “first impression”, but i distinctly remember the first time I heard it I really wasn’t a fan of the intro. The intro scream/yells are a little on the weak side IMO, and the guitar work is a lot more basic than my preference, but having said that, it suits the song quite well. The guitar tones are quite nice and get the job done, which is what you want, and the bass especially is noticeable in it’s presence. Drumming is fairly standard fare, not spectacular but far from awful. My main criticism stems from the length, and the lack of variation within the song. It’s a pretty standard sort of progression, and whilst these things are standard and cliche for a reason (i.e. they sound good), a bit of deviation from the main theme would have been nice. The biggest plus for me is the excellent hook during the chorus. Really, really nice vocal lines and performed well. Vocals have a nice tonality to them, are in tune, and were pleasing to the ear in general. Lyrics are also standard fare, but well written nonetheless. Vocals: Screams: 7/10 Cleans: 7/10 Guitars: 6/10 Bass: 6/10 Drums: 6/10 Production: 7/10 Lyrics: 7/10 Songwriting: 7/10 Overall IPHYB Rating:...