8 of 8 thought this review was well written
Swedish metalcore band releases a great and promising EP, but it shows off nothing too spectacular. Melodic riffs that take from melodeath like At The Gates and melodic hardcore like Life In Your Way or Misery Signals. At times it can be some what chuggy but they at least try to break away from that and keep it fun or passionate/serious.
The guitars mix things up, with octave chorus, leads, clean guitar, melodic chord riffs, and sometimes dissonant riffs. Keeping things for the most part melodic, along with soaring cleans from time to time. The cleans remind me of TDWP and Life In Your Way mixed, not as high pitched or sometimes produced as TDWP. The vocals have more of a raw natural feel. "Saints Never Surrender" starts of with a melodic guitar part with chords being played under and diving into a harmony then chugging begins. But as a perfect example of how they try to not over do that, is they begin playing octaves in time with the chugging till they hit the chorus.
The songs can start to sound a lot like cause of the cleans that find themselves in chorus's at least in every song. But the title track "The Bigger Picture; Hope" has an emotional piano playing a long with the clean vocalist singing. Near the middle of the track an electric beat starts building up to melodic chords. Making this song one of the more different and more interesting songs to listen to on this EP.
This EP showed passion and ambition, but fell flat at some parts due to its generic sound and samey songs. They have room to improve, and this year they released No Kings, No Chains. Which could be better or worse. Hopefully they took what was good and worked on that.