There’s an interesting juxtaposition of crunchy friction in the vocals of the verses & a smooth, almost waviness, on the choruses. It keeps the listener engaged trying to solve the mystery of the project’s identity. To say there’s a bit of a late 90s alt-rock flare seems fitting, yet insufficient.
The second track,”Ghost,” instantly became my favorite. It takes me back to “Golden Age” of emo & post-hardcore. The Saosin vibes are strong in this song. The way the vocals explore the expansive soundscape is enthralling. The cherry on top is the bridge featuring a vocal tone reminiscent of, pop - punk royalty, Bayside.
The EP softens into the very emotive, “One Year Later.” The inspiration for the record’s title. The vulnerability of Coe Hill is laid bare with the hope that we’ll conquer our fears in the next year. The relatability of this song is what makes it so attractive. We are all familiar with the longing for better days in dark times.
Not too long ago, I reviewed the debut single “Edge Of Collapse”
In case you missed it. I referred to the song as a “high energy banger with relentless driving guitars.” It’s a frontal assault on the demons in his head with an epic adventure into clarity nipping at its heals. “DEADWEIGHT” is the perfect track to tie this all together.
Coe hill rises to the mantle of carrying on the legacy of legendary Screamo bands like, Boys Night Out, Silverstein, & Alexis On Fire. The smoothness & willingness in which I listened to a 2nd play through speaks volumes for me.
FFO: Secret & Whisper, Saosin, Scary Kids Scaring Kids
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