The Pitch: The new EP from Perth, Australia metalcore band Daybreak FFO: Polaris, Make Them Suffer, Parkway Drive
What I Like: This EP hits that perfect sweet spot between unbridled aggression and soulful melody that endeared so many to the metalcore genre in the first place. You've got your more tough guy, hardcore-inspired moments; especially on second track "Bad Boy." The deeper Hatebreed-meets-Parkway vocals and chugging riffs make for a pretty pummeling experience. Then you've got the more Architects/Polaris-sounding parts, which elevate the EP beyond the musical to the emotionally resonate. This is particularly true of the closing title tracks's cathartic guitars and Underoath-y gang vocals. The interplay of these disparate styles is impressively seemless and makes for an enjoyable and dynamic experience. Undeniably catchy as well.
Critiques: Being perfectly frank, you've heard this all before. I'm literally having flashbacks to specific moments on other albums. Admittedly, that's kind of fun, but I feel like this band is capable of more than just nostalgia porn.
The Verdict: A rock solid EP from a band clearly influenced by a wide variety of classics in the genre. I love the intertwining of light and darkness: hope and hatred. I'd like it more if Daybreak were bringing something new to the table, but that said it's hard to find any real disappointment in Godfather.
Flight's Fav's: Godfather
- Review by FlightOfIcarus
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