Rescuer, hailing from Tampa, FL, is a melodic juggernaut--wielding a uniquely melodic hardcore sound that I got to experience for myself last week, during their tour with Frameworks. Unlike most melodic hardcore bands, Rescuer plays their brand without any of the frills of their contemporaries, blasting through song after song of emotive aggression. With a full stock of time changes, feedback, and vitriolic vocals, "With Time Comes The Comfort" is a full-out vendetta against both the norm of melodic hardcore music, as well as the complacency of the modern hardcore scene.

I'm going to start this review from the roots up: it's a known fact that melodic hardcore began in Florida (south Florida, to be sure) with bands like Strongarm, Shai Hulud, and Underoath (because, yes, at one point, they made influential music). Coming from this same fertile soil, Rescuer follows in this tradition, especially with songs like "Fell" and "Settled Ground." However, in "Breathe" and "Birds of Prey," the album's opening tracks, it is clear that Rescuer is not to be pigeonholed in the slightest.

Songs like "Untitled" and "Bring Me Back" mesh more with their Shai Hulud influence, but still maintain their own unique spin--a kind of "deja vu," but one that's not able to be placed on any certain band or influence. In fact, "Untitled" through "Too Far Gone" plays as one, coherent track that is chock full of powerful leads, thick bass, and impeccable drumming.

"Locked Inside" is a standalone "hardcore" song, oddly placed, but nevertheless a great track--like "Stand Together" on Strongarm's "Atonement." While it's unexpected, it simply goes to show that these guys can play whatever the hell they want, and, more importantly, they can play it well.

The album's closing tracks, "Tides" and "Dead Ends," ensure that their overall sentiment is not one that's easily forgotten: Rescuer is the most original band in the scene today, and one of the few bands that cares more about it's art than it's audience; whether you love or hate this album, there's something to be said for a band that truly respects it's art, and the integrity of it's own music, as opposed to pleasing their crowd. Not to say, of course, that Rescuer is alienating, but to say that they are artists.

And, one more time, in case no one caught it, this album is a work of art. It could be labeled more, but it cannot be labeled less. Excellence is a virtue, and Rescuer have found it.