The Pitch: German metalcore band I Am Noah deliver a new EP that "sounds more massive and mature. The riffing is more precise, the mood angry and agressive without loosing the melodic element." FFO: August Burns Red, As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage
What I Like: As I've repeatedly stated, 2017 was a slow year for metalcore. Plenty will argue with that statement, but I found myself unimpressed with most of the albums that fans were raving about. In any case, It's nice to start off 2018 with this tight little EP from I Am Noah. This is a band that previously impressed me with their energetic, albeit predictable, LP The Verdict; so much so that I included them on this list. Just about a year and a half later, I am happy to say that they have not lost their way. Final Breed certainly focuses on the heavier side of the music, foregoing some of the more melodic elements and clean singing of The Verdict. Being a metalcore record, there are still plenty of catchy hooks; it's simply more As I Lay Dying than The Plot In You this time around. Vocals, guitars, and drums are strong all around and there's nary a moment I would call dull.
Critiques: If you were hoping to hear the band take a giant leap forward, or find the next big movement in the genre, Final Breed is going to leave you dissapointed. By and large, this is still metalcore by the numbers.
The Verdict: I Am Noah continue their campaign to become a household name in the scene. While Final Breed isn't likely to blow the avid fan's mind, it's nonetheless a strong entry in the world of honest, passionate metalcore music.
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-Review by FlightOfIcarus
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