Company: Independent Release: 2015 Genre: Black Reviewer: Greg Watson
Up and comers Concepts deliver an impressive debut EP with "Transitions", a post-hardcore/metalcore/punk tinged offering that is somewhat expected for the genre yet defies some of the stereotypical elements that most metalcore/post-hardcore bands use. While some of the songs reflect a heavy djent influence, as the EP continues the band shows that they are definitely evolving their sound with longer clean vocal sections and with some of the vocals even taking on an almost R&B quality/timbre at times. Musically, the album is metalcore through and through with some ridiculously heavy breakdowns and monster riffs. One of the refreshing things for me on the EP is the lack of gang vocals that seems to have infested recent metalcore albums. The absence of these chanted vocals really allows the listener to focus on the death and clean duality and really appreciate each singer's ability at any given moment. After a few listens, the songs do become a touch repetitive but they are still fun to listen to. The opening track "Abomination" and "Mirrors" are my two favorites off of the album with the prior being a straight bruiser of a metalcore track and the latter being a more progressive approach that shows the band branching out into a more song-driven focus. As this band continues to find their niche and their sound, I believe they will be a force within the coming years. And the production on the album is so clean I had to make sure I read that the EP was self released and produced.
About this Writer: Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.
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