5 of 5 thought this review was well written
Aim For The Sunrise improve the overall song writing, and try to add some different things to their sound. But not enough to make this necessarily better than their EP. But the addition of ambient piano/keyboard that makes its way under the mix here and there, the adequate improvement with musicianship and vocals work greatly.
The guitar tone is a lot sonically bigger, more crunch and a lot thicker. Though it can almost sound a bit djenty. But its not overproduced enough for that. The guitar still still does the same it did on the EP, melodic melodeath riffs with melodic chord section. But this time around the heavy as gotten more groove, and less chuggy. Making transitions between parts of the songs a lot more smoother. In "Golden" it starts off with slower melodic leads, going into a more straight forward riff with the harsh and clean going back and forth for a little. It has a great clean sung chorus that is pretty passionate, and is one of the more better written songs. But for some of the songs that come at the end the heavier parts get samey and can be boring. The song writing still needs to improve, or maybe if they tried more different things to keep it fresh it could have worked more.
The addition of ambient piano/keyboards are pretty solid. Sometimes they follow the leads when the guitar plays octaves or in a chorus soaring a long with the cleans or a few random fills here and there. They don't at all annoy or take away from the experience.
The vocalist this time around are a lot more defined. The harsh vocals are more natural sounding, less forced. Sure its not as raw as the EP but its easier to listen too. The clean vocals also found room to improve, and they don't always find them selves on every chorus. Sometimes the cleans are mixed with chanting vocals underneath the mix, and sounds good. Making them a lot less boring and better when they actually appear. The production surpasses the EP. The mix is a lot more cleans with everything being layered a lot better. The guitars and drums go right together perfectly with a loud enough bass/low end to complete and give it a heavier tone.
So for the most part Aim For The Sunrise has improved greatly, but not enough to do exceed their EP or most of the other bands in the genre. But this is still a great listen, its passionate and ambitious.