Cold Sanctuary

May 10, 2019


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The Pitch: Australian metalcore band Mirrors give Architects a run for their money with a promising new EP. FFO: Architects, Periphery, Parkway Drive

What I Like: Ya'll may be tired of hearing about my disappointment over Holy Hell, but I can't help it. Every time a band like Mirrors comes through, it's another reminder of what should have been. On the plus side, it also means that a new ray of  promising metalcore seems to be shining brightly on 2019. Cold Sanctuary is a consistent and calculated little EP that brings all of the Lost Forever // Lost Together fury and angst that I crave the genre. The djenty riffs may not be excitingly fresh, but with Architects getting a little long in years we may be looking at a prime candidate to bare the torch. As I've said before, metalcore is a young man's game, and whatever rebellious ideas inspired Architects back in the day seem to have wholly possessed the members of Mirrors. From the headbanging hooks and synth atmosphere to the potent screams and catchy choruses, this is a second coming.

Critiques: "Cold Sanctuary" gets a little sappy. I'm all for dynamics and by no means is it a poorly written song; it's just the least exciting of the bunch for me.

The Verdict: Cold Sanctuary is pretty much a slam dunk. Where 2018 left me largely dry in terms of worthwhile metalcore, bands old and new are claiming 2019 for my 16 year old self. Add Mirrors to that list right now.

Flight's Fav's: Damien, Stain The Page, The Puppet's Strings Are Broken

- Review by FlightOfIcarus

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