Polyphia
Inspire


3.5
great

Review

by Rafael Moreira USER (11 Reviews)
June 1st, 2013 | 31 replies | 5,775 views


Release Date: 04/21/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Polyphia are a young, talented and very capable unit. Inspire proves me right.

4 of 5 thought this review was well written

There have been numerous new acts going for that already characteristic Djent/Progressive Metalcore style of music, there’s no denying. Few ever actually make an impact, mainly due to the identity crisis said bands suffer from. But the young Plano, TX quartet is a talented one. With all the band’s members aging below 20 years old, Polyphia have wrote and recorded Inspire, an EP that shows just how high this young band can go.

“Ignite” opens up the album in a rather familiar way. A sweet, nostalgic piano, then some open chords, then a breakdown. Then a more djenty section of that breakdown. A deja vu, if you will, from various albums made by the cornucopia of bands embracing this soundscape lately. Even though it feels pretty much like that, the piano sounds beautiful and gladly “Ignite” is not the only track in which we’re presented with it. In fact, Polyphia use the piano quite a lot throughout the EP, in a way that it adds depth to their songwriting and makes each song stay with the listener right from the first listen. The homonym track is a perfect example of the afore mentioned.

Besides being remarkably proficient musicians with their respective instruments, Polyphia are also solid songwriters. “Persevere” and “Inspire” carry some of the best lead guitar work I’ve seen lately, and every phase in each song connects seamlessly. That said, it’s within “Inspire” that we find all the reasons we might need to stick around for the band’s next release. The way the band works and connects each section of the song, starting with an open chord section and a beautiful solo, following some atmospheric lead work building up for a good palm muted riff with some delicious leads, then returning to a contained atmospheric section, only this time with a beautiful solo, and it goes on ; this song leads most of the competition to shame. It is within this song you will find some of the best drumming of the EP too. Incredibly fast and precise drum rolls, great cymbal work, drumming that fits the mood immensely; this drummer has it all figured and serves as an incredible backbone for the band not only within the homonym track, but throughout the whole release. And on top of all that, the drum mix is made to perfection.

“Transcend” and “Impassion” are the last jewels of the crown, and the ones that shine the least for that matter. While being perfectly well written tracks (with some of that interesting lead work), both of them end up losing with the inclusion of some not so needed electronic elements. While Polyphia could have taken advantage of some parts of these songs to slowdown their lead infused song bodies, something that could benefit the band by adding some stability and atmosphere, they’ve created some electronic apparatuses involving some beats and effects that serve only to subtract from the EP’s mood. One electronic piece was also used by the end of “Inspire”, to more solid results though, as it either keeps the mood untouched or actually enhances it. On a positive note, the solo at the beginning of “Transcend” is still an excellent one, and that also goes for the ending riffs on that said song ; other than that, the last 2 minutes of “Impassion” (give it or take) are a phenomenal way to bring Inspire to an end.

Overall, Inspire, flows very well and besides being well written, it’s also extremely well produced, which reflects just how multitalented this young band is. The guitars have a dreamy tone and a wonderful analog feel to them, the bass is ever present, the drums are very well integrated in the mix. So it’s only giving Polyphia good credit to say that the EP was fully produced by the band themselves, and stands as a self-release. Technically gifted, solid songwriters and with a very effective DIY attitude – these guys are worth gold.

Inspire is ambitious – very ambitious. It is bittersweet for me to say that it is along its ambition that it loses some of its trait, as the guitars are as overbearing sometimes, as they are beautiful and well executed ¾ of the time. Inspire ends up beating most of the band’s competition, but not creating anything very far from what said competition has created, and holding on to some of the genre’s traditional schematics. Polyphia have what it takes and more to position themselves above any band practicing this kind of music. They’re young, extremely talented and well-rounded, and in the future all they need to do is to not try to outshine Inspire (or even themselves), but to create a more characteristic release.



Recent reviews by this author
Mandroid Echostar Mandroid EchostarWithin Our Gates Kingdom Of Mind
Circle of Contempt Entwine the ThreadsTrace Your Steps Between You & I
Sean Hall TerrestrialBlind Witness Nightmare on Providence Street
user ratings (54)
Chart.
3.8
excellent

Comments:Add a Comment 
TheMoreira
June 1st 2013



6729 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

New band, young talented folks. Give it a listen. Very similar to Sean Hall at some parts.

Link is a recent playthrough by the band, on their song Transcend. Enjoy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJJjCsNOBLU

They're looking for a singer btw, only clean singing though. Anyway support these guys, they can definitely go places!

Digging: 68 - In Humor and Sadness

Flomazoid
June 1st 2013



26 Comments


This isn't their debut EP. Their first EP is called "Resurrect". Good review though.

TheMoreira
June 1st 2013



6729 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you very much for that pointer! Yeah Resurrect is only on their youtube page, i see that now. Wtf.

Fixed though, cheers.

TheMoreira
June 1st 2013



6729 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Now i realize.. Today is Children's Day here in Portugal. And all of this band's members are 19yo.

Bulls-eye. LOL

Flomazoid
June 1st 2013



26 Comments


Nice. Couldn't have been more perfect dude. Lol.

Calc
June 1st 2013



11922 Comments


horrible summary, but if i recall, this band is looking for a singer and they sound like periphery. kinda

Digging: Kashiwa Daisuke - April. #02

TheMoreira
June 1st 2013



6729 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It is pretty bad summary, but i really didn't know what to write there. You neg'd just for the summary? lol

mindleviticus
June 1st 2013



8148 Comments


Don't worry dude. Calc's reviews are 400 times worse

Calc
June 1st 2013



11922 Comments


i didn't neg you freak I never neg lol

ianjulian
June 1st 2013



620 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

are a young

silentstar
June 1st 2013



2226 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm really liking the ep so far. reminds me a lot of Intervals but more flashy

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
June 1st 2013



20567 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

this really needed a review, good job moreira. you dont really need the "so" in the closing paragraph though

pos'd

Digging: Opeth - Pale Communion

TheMoreira
June 1st 2013



6729 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@ Calc, k dude, thought it was you. Calling people "freaks" will get you nowhere though.

@ ianjulian, yeah i always get that confused.. is/are when refereeing to a band, geez. So it's not acceptable to use "are" in this situation? Is it not even correct? I am Portuguese, some stuff like this still gets pass me.

TheMoreira
June 1st 2013



6729 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you Ins. And fixed that "so".

Calc
June 1st 2013



11922 Comments


im not trying to get anywhere, thats my word.

TheMoreira
June 2nd 2013



6729 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you very much mate!

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2013



9953 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

This is fucking tight, shiyyit.

Digging: Deniro Farrar - Rebirth

TheMoreira
August 10th 2013



6729 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty good indeed.

ChuckyTruant
August 10th 2013



15690 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

band is good and very young but so predictable within this style of instrumental rock/metal

I'm hard pressed to even call this metal

Digging: Coheed and Cambria - From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness

TheMoreira
August 11th 2013



6729 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I definitely get what you're saying. But yeah in the end i feel like Djent and modern Metalcore are ever present on this. Extremely light album though.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2013 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy