The Brave
Epoch


3.5
great

Review

by McTime50 USER (16 Reviews)
August 21st, 2016 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Brave’s debut album is personal, atmospheric and full of potential for the 5-piece metalcore band from Brisbane.

Epoch is defined in most dictionaries as a period of time in history or a person's life, typically one marked by notable events or particular characteristics. For The Brave, this translates into an album where each song is connected to the band on a personal level. Searchlights, for instance, is inspired by the passing of vocalist Nathan Toussaint’s cousin.

“When will I see you again? I'm searching for you in the dark.
In the dark night sky, like starlight.”

The sound of this album, described as a comparison, is reminiscent of Bring Me the Horizon’s 2013 release, Sempiternal. Described in plain words, the album is filled with huge crunching guitar riffs, symphonic synths and soaring choruses. The production is raw and visceral, each track frantic and full of ambition.

However, this album is far from being perfect or outstanding. Most of its pitfalls occur in the first half, where tracks like Break Free, Eclipse and Escape all sound like the generic metalcore we’ve been hearing for years. The similar sounding intros and song structures result in much of the album blending together and becoming indistinguishable in terms of substance. It is tracks like 1945, Epoch and Slipping Away, however, where this album really shines. The ballad-driven 1945 offers something different with its slick harmonies and heartfelt lyrics. Epoch is a solely instrumental track composed beautifully without any drums or guitars, invoking a sense of tranquility. Slipping Away finds itself with pounding drums and heavy basslines accompanied by a child choir.

The Brave’s debut is a show of great potential for the band and their high ambitions, but the cookie cutter metalcore songs that pepper throughout “Epoch” drag the album down. There are many exceptional moments on this record, however, that make it an enjoyable listen for any fan of the genre.



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McTime50
August 21st 2016


144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Obligatory "this is my first review"

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AsleepInTheBack
August 21st 2016


4668 Comments


Solid first review man, pos'd

Edit: reads like a 3.5 though

McTime50
August 21st 2016


144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah, looking back at what i wrote and another listen, this is more of a 3.5

SteakByrnes
August 21st 2016


3668 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review my man, I downloaded this and have been meaning to listen to it. I've only heard the track with Marcus Bridge in it, and that was very good

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Themaxwell23
August 22nd 2016


61 Comments


Good review , not a big fan of what I have heard was not impressed pretty generic stuff but it's exactly what you described .

grindcorecore
August 22nd 2016


605 Comments


holy shit that average. this seems like a 3.5 at most

danielcardoso
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2016


11515 Comments


"It is tracks like 1945, Epoch and Slipping Away, however, where this album really shines."

this could be just me but i think you're missing an 'in' between 'is' and 'tracks', sentence feels like it's missing a link.


otherwise pretty great review my man, pos from me.

SteakByrnes
August 22nd 2016


3668 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Why does this have 5 5.0 ratings? I highly doubt it deserves that

sempiturtle
March 26th 2017


1030 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is pretty dam gud.



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