Review Summary: Using the phrases "potential" and "metalcore" in the same sentence is arrogant, but in this case it fits perfectly. Grabbing you the instant you play the first track, this sampling is an example of stunning dynamic intensity.
Usually within hearing something for the first time, those first couple of seconds, you know instantly if you will like the band. Whenever I hear the intro to "Jane Doe" for example, I remember feeling awakened and exited instantly. "After Me, The Flood" are similar in that way, to put on the first track of this dense, dynamic and invigorating EP is akin to getting shocked.
Now I could throw phrases at you like "the band plays very skillfully" and "the screaming is very well done" but this doesn't exactly capture their exact sound. Its as if After The Burial and Shadow Of The Colossus had a child, and it was extremely pissed off and sped up to 125%. Visions of hundred-thousand ton rocks colliding into each other and vast expanses of black clouded sky expand into the horizon. The tracks engage you, and after the first few seconds show you what they are all about, thick, furious and intense music that flows so well at times it seems like one insane musical instrument. Heavy riffing and double kicks are abound, but its done with such grace, almost effortlessly. The sound is so very familiar yet separates itself from the somewhat trite and familiar deathcore sound that is prevalent today.
The way the band flows together is what makes the sound very heavy, yet refined. This is music that makes you envision rocks being crushed in zero gravity, and endless empty caverns, with unknown depths. The track "Remembrance" is a good example of this, gorgeous echoing guitars with machine gun double kick backing it make it one of the more memorable heavy tracks Ive heard in years. At times the tracks seem to be propelled on their own, as if the band cannot control this unstoppable force. The songs featured here show much originality and the execution is superb. The songs are super dense, energetic, and dare I say, beautiful in their ferocity.
Apart from the few subtle artistic frills, this is obviously a very heavy collection of songs. At times, its difficult to resist just headbanging and not stopping, even as the EP repeats. That is another part of this band that is interesting, they almost remind you why heavy music is so appealing, how you can keep it repeating and finding new layers within it, with your head being dizzy from rocking out in your bedroom.
I am confident these guys will make an excellent full length, and will do a lot of damage in the current state of music. Conjuring images of circling Saturn during a sunrise and nuclear explosions in zero-g, this EP does what music should do, take you somewhere completely foreign, yet familiar.