Review Summary: hardcore with botch ideas.1 of 1 thought this review was well written
I’ll tell you now; Nazarite Vow is a band to keep an eye out for in the coming years. They play a style of hardcore that is not original yet taking the mechanics of the genre and using it to its finest abilities. A prime relation to the forefathers mentioned in the summary is obvious with their love of dissonance. A technique used to break down the aesthetics of a song; essentially creating a song with sounds that don’t necessarily create music in its most “fashioned” way. Conspirators
is an EP that is designed for one purpose, building the hype around this bands possibilities.
“Prisoners” opens up with a chant Aztec style "hoo-ha-ha-ha-hoo" (think Finding Nemo) that really sets a primitive mood of aggression within a strangled cohesiveness. The band throws all their eggs in one basket with this song, but this isn’t a deterrent since it’s a basket filled with euphoric eggs. Rapid drum lines sync with over indulgent post rock reminiscent guitar leads produce a track that’s able to set aspiration the rest of the album can live up to. There’s gang shouts that don’t border on cheesy; instead their incorporated to uproot the track from its foundation, and take the song in a different level by either spotlighting a single instrument like “Scavangers” with wicked bass lines altering its direction, or gratifying screams over silence that are blasted back into progression with heavy breakdowns – “Heroes”.
Speaking of the screams vocalist Dan has an excellent range that can range from death metal growls for all the albums brooding moments like the absolute brutal ending to the aforementioned “Heroes”, to the few highs that are glimpses of light sections, “Outlaws”. He’s able to piece the albums often loose moments where it’s simply dissonant chords over a simple drum structure. The downfall of Conspirators
are the moments in between the standouts as they plague the album to sound similar. The task for future releases will be seeing if the band are able to take the mechanics that make some of their golden instances and combine them into a single song, and then
of course they’ll need to complete this task over the course of an LP.