STYLE: Hard Music RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 42649-13424 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD EP ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Graeme Crawford
Hailing from Barry and Newport in South Wales, this promo CD went on to become Through Solace's debut EP 'An Innocent Confession'. Their heavy brand of hardcore attracted American label Holdfast Records, who market Through Solace to fans of Nodes Of Ranvier and As I Lay Dying, giving you an idea of where they sit on the musical spectrum. Second track "Mourning In Magenta" is the standout with a quicker pace and more progressive sound. The other three tracks are too similar in style and pace, and a bit more variety would have served better. However it is the band's first release and the tracks posted on their myspace site from the second EP show some progression. The production is adequate if lacking in volume and dynamism, while the band show a decent level of musical ability. Vocalist Luke Nicholas has power in his voice and a respectable range when he screams, while drummer Sean Fletcher is the most accomplished musician. At four pounds for both EPs directly from the band, it would not be a bad purchase but you may decide to wait and see what else is to come first.
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