Review Summary: EPIC melodies
Metalcore is a genre that I have always tended to avoid. As I’m growing older (no, that doesn’t mean I’m old) I am finding less merit to mind rape using crushing guitars, growls, and br00tal breakdowns. It is sometimes difficult to find real substance beneath the thick layers of guitars that are bashed as loudly as possible. Of course, metalcore is famous for plentiful riffs and breakdowns, but there are still bands out there that use riffs as a crutch. Sometimes it feels like the music industry is in a never-ending riff war, as if riffs alone will magically erase all blemishes from one’s album. Thankfully, some bands still know their riffs well, and Volumes is definitely one of them.
If your entire album is going to be a riff fest, the riffs sure better be good, and have no fear, Volumes deliver in that department. The last time I encountered this many hooks was in a pirate convention, I mean seriously, the hooks are everywhere in this album. Another strong point of the album is the technical aspect. Forget conventional rhythms, why bother with conventional when you can constantly change them? Yes, time changes are ripe in this tree, and you can also bet that the band also have technical skills. You can see where this is going already. So far it sounds like your typical metalcore band, and perhaps they are, yet they are far beyond average. Indeed, this little EP is quite excellent and a fantastic start for this band.
Epic melodies may not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering metalcore, but Volumes is a different breed. Although the cool riffs are front and center, in the background, gloriously melodic guitars shine with the intensity of the sun. It wouldn’t be too far off to assume that the band has been influenced by post-rock somewhere in their past, for The Concept of Dreaming
can be surprisingly breathtaking. This is perhaps the defining point of Volumes, for amongst their extremely chaotic, heavy exterior, there is a sense of beauty that is captivating. The band’s peaceful, engrossing atmosphere infuses their destructive sound with new life, and makes it surprisingly listenable. Whether it be the br00tal growls, the excellent breakdowns, or even the technical wankery, none becomes tiring when fused with their melodies. It you’re looking for a metalcore album that’s easy on the ears, you found it.