Cold Hearted - Lunacy
"Potter's Clay" starts off a little too much like Born Low's "This Prison" for my taste, but ends up coming into its own. For the verses you have a pretty standard quick chord progression, but the solo near the middle and the subsequent half-time feel groove caught my attention. They inject some creepy melody at the end with an effects-laden guitar playing an open-chord progression, which was one of my favorite moments on this 7".
Next up is the title track, "Lunacy." This one might fool you to be par for the course (and here the band actually sounds a lot like label-mates and one of my favorite current LIHC bands Provider), but again there are a few moments that shine beyond this. For example, the choruses are sing-along-worthy with gang vocals, and the breakdown has an incredibly beefy chord progression with massive groove at just the right tempo for maximum pit potential.
"New Life" is my overall favorite song off this EP. The main riff is probably the most memorable on here, and they know it as they lean on it for a good amount of the song. After the first verse, there's an awesome guitar line that again helps put in some melody, with a cool flanger effect on top of it. There's also some pretty cool shredding in here. If you're a fan of the more complicated stuff like Dan Spitz from Anthrax, this might not seem like anything special; however not many hardcore bands today have guitarists going for solos so it's cool to hear. The high point of the song reminds me of a "War Dance"-esque magnitude, the band chants and provides a large build-up into a Slayer-sounding harmony finishes out the song. "Path of Destruction" follows in a similar vein to the rest of these songs, full of Kirk Hammett-wah-relying solos.
The band sounds tight throughout, and the production is pretty good. I would've like to hear the bass punch through a little more, and the vocals could use some variation and sounded a bit flat at points but overall, the band is very solid and one of my favorite Floridian bands.
The most disappointing thing about this EP was the last track, "Broken Man." Nothing new was explored in the song, and really it could have been a B-side from the recordings and I wouldn't have known.
Hopefully the band can improve on some of the great aspects of this album like the melody, the solos, and find some more ways to differentiate them from other similar-sounding bands on the next release.
Genre: Hardcore / Post-Rock
Label: Life To Live Records
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Similar: Power Trip, Afflictive Nature, Anthrax, Metallica, Provider, Madball, Backtrack
- Potter's Clay
- New Life
- Path of Destruction
- Broken Man