Koen W. : These New Yorkers have been active under this moniker since 2014, and now have made an excellent and mature debut album. The basis may be metalcore, but there are a lot of modern metal elements added that surface in the excellent guitar work. It all sounds quite aggressive with those short metalcore riffs in combination with front woman Jay Jimenez, who’s grunts and roars are quite a match for an established name like Alica White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), but a second later a smooth transition is made to melodic guitar lines or a clear vocal style.
Both vocal styles could in themselves keep things up and the tempo changes in the songs can’t be counted. Just listen to a song like 'Regret'. It starts with electronic new age music but after a minute it goes crazy with fast lead guitar and heavy percussion. The combination between grunt and clear vocals then takes over, but after a short while Jay produces a cumbersome slow grunt flanked by ferocious drum bursts, and in the background sporadically some electronics resound but it never becomes too dominant. There are also some guest appearances on the album from Lauren Babic (Crazy Eight Eight), Will Ramos (False Images) and guitar virtuoso Angel Vivaldi. The fifty minutes of playing time passes by very smoothly and before you know it you’ll be pressing ‘play’ again. There are a lot of other bands around in this niche that have been playing for years but still can learn something from these guys. Now it is only a matter of waiting for the record label to take them under their wings and boost their career.