I’ve had this EP on pretty solid rotation this past week in the hope that it would grow on me and in truth is has got better the more I’ve listened to it…but its generic metalcore sound is a bit meat and potatoes for me, too stodgy and not enough variety or originality despite some promising touches here and there.
The EP starts in somewhat clunky fashion with the nu-metal riffs of Faith nodding to their influences. The addition of synths add a depth to the sound but I found that the vocals lacked bite and enough strength to really make the clean vocals soar as they should. There’s a whole segment which hero-worships Avenged Sevenfold, mimicking their galloping guitar solos and even the vocal intonation but it’s not enough to save the song.
Across the EP though it is the guitarists that really stand out, whether whipping up a storm with their riffs or charging through a solo, laying solid foundations for the music that they just don’t build on.
Remember is a great case in point, it’s solid but unspectacular. However, the throaty death-metal-like vocals detract from the song whilst not really adding anything. The promise displayed is evident on EP highlight Relent, a more restrained melodic ballad not dissimilar to something you’d expect from Killswitch Engage. It’s a well balanced song with some great guitar work and a soaring chorus that hints at what they can achieve.
Last song and EP title track Paradigm suffers in comparison with the drums lacking any impact, vocals a bit wishy washy and all drowned out in the mix by the guitars. Once again, the foundations are in place, it’s moodily atmospheric and the guitars crush but its individual parts are better than its whole.
Overall, it’s a shame that they haven’t been able to deliver a more cohesive EP as there are definitely glimpses of potential but if they can hone and fine tune their strengths then the foundations laid here will not be wasted.