Review Summary: “The future is ours alone”
Ever since I joined the Sputnik Music community, I have been transformed. Mainstream became a thing of the past while progressive metal and its various subgenres slowly became my new obsession. As bands I’ve never even heard of took place of those I used to adore, I have found many new favourites such as Karnivool, Index Case and the recent Periphery album. Today, I’m proud to add another wonderful band to my growing list and hope that this brief review will push you all to give them a listen.
Serosia is a relatively new Alt. Metal band from Texas with currently two EPs under its belt including this latest one “Perspective and Balance”. The band consists of Lucas D’Agata (vocals), Scott Horner (Guitar), Derek Troxell (Guitar), Zack Bates (Bass) and last but certainly not least, Anthony D’Agata (Drums).
While the title of the new EP describes their overall sound quite well, it’s the drums that first attracted me to Serosia. As I listened through each of the six tracks, the drumming was always noticeable and really carried the music. The rhythm, the pace fluctuations and the heavy pounding really held the songs together for me and made every second of it a pleasure to listen to. The guitars and bass also had their moments but didn’t lead as much as they supported the ensemble. What truly gave these guys that “Epic” sound however were the vocals. From crystal clear singing to relatively high pitched screams mixed within the tracks, Lucas D’Agata did an incredible job across the board! On the whole, the vocals often reminded me of those heard on the new Periphery album because of their wide range and similar screams while the instrumentals bordered on the progressive, with no apparent patterns and interesting transitions.
The songs themselves were of average length and were catchy enough to attract people such as myself at first listen. I also really enjoyed the lyrics which seemed to give hope unlike some of my old generic favourites filled with angst and teen depression. Actually I found this EP overall to be quite uplifting despite the heavy ambiance and the interesting song titles helped make each track memorable. Each is also structurally different enough from the rest to keep things fresh.
The end result is some of the best music I have come across so far. This band has unbelievable potential within its genre as well as plenty of room to try out new things, given how musically versatile yet well balanced these guys are. I eagerly await their first LP and hope to find more similar sounding bands in the future.
“The future is ours alone”