Currents
The Place I Feel Safest


4.0
excellent

Review

by BandanaGeorge USER (12 Reviews)
June 16th, 2017 | 38 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Currents come out the gates with a brutally impressive debut record packed full of riffs, breakdowns and exceptional musicianship. A definite name to watch.

Currents are a progressive metalcore/djent band from Connecticut, formed in 2011 and currently signed to SharpTone Records. 'The Place I Feel Safest' is the band's first full length record, and their first release with vocalist Brian Wille after his joining of the band in 2015.

The production on this record is excellent. Every element is noticeable and present in the mix. The drums are clean and hard hitting, the bass isn't too loud but it's clear and poignant with it's distinct tone, and the guitars are crisp and bright, which is vital when translating the complex and polyrhythmic riffs that are laced throughout into a recording. This is only highlighted by how spot on the playing is on this record. A particularly good example of this is the breakdown in 'Delusion', which blends the rhythm of the breakdown with the lead guitar, and it honestly just sounds incredibly cool. This record has these moments sprinkled in throughout, reeling you back in time and time again.

The real highlight here is the instrumentation. I've always been a fan of technical and progressive metalcore, and this record provides that in abundance. There are signs of innovation within the genre in these tracks, and above all this record displays fantastic promise. This is best appreciated through a good pair of headphones and is rewarded equally by a decent subwoofer. There's clear passion and imagination oozing out of every corner of this album. The guitar work is exceptional, and I think this would stand up as an instrumental release just as much as it does with vocals.

With that being said, the vocal performance here is fantastic in it's own right. The screamed vocals are ferocious and passionate and the cleans are evocative and emotional. Brian Wille is a perfect fit and a stunning individual talent, his ability to mix up vocal styles from track to track keeps this a consistently interesting listen. His aggressive lyricism and conviction in what he's saying pilot the monolithic instrumentals and give this record a definitive direction.

The only real criticism I have of this record is that it's almost too intense. Whilst the instrumentals are incredible and punishing I feel as though they needs to be more space in these tracks. There's clear understanding of atmosphere throughout, particularly in 'Shattered' and 'Delusion', and I think a few more moments like this would give the record a great sense of diversity and really set each song apart.

This record is a fantastic listen if you're after a perfect blend of crushing breakdowns and technical riffs. Currents are one to watch, and another strong name in SharpTone's roster, a label slowly building up one of the best collections of new bands in the scene, including bands like Holding Absence and Loathe alongside Currents. This about as strong as debut records come, and exhibits massive promise. Favourites here are 'Apnea', 'Delusion' and 'Silence'. Give this a listen, and check out the other bands on SharpTone if you like what you hear, this label is quickly becoming one of my favourites and I look forward to what the rest of the bands signed produce in the future, as well as what Currents have to offer going forward.



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bloc
June 16th 2017


43455 Comments


Is it just me or is the word currents the most overused word in metalcore lol

Digging: Venenum - Trance of Death

Durrzo
June 16th 2017


1468 Comments


Pretty good album, though Life//Lost was better.

AndreBourbeau
June 17th 2017


64 Comments


looking forward to jamming this. pos'd.

TooLateToGoBack
June 17th 2017


1952 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Absolute banger.

Ebola
June 17th 2017


2825 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This rules

MalConstant
June 18th 2017


114 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really surprised by this. Sounds like Vildjharta and Invent Animate had a baby

SteakByrnes
June 18th 2017


4030 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This came out of nowhere, fucking bangs

Digging: Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas - Feeling of Unity

tresm87
June 18th 2017


3808 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

saw these guys last weekend and they were awesome.



this album is marvelously strewn together and honestly one of the best surprises of the year.

artiswar
June 18th 2017


1501 Comments


album is pretty good but the Life//Lost and the EP were better

bloc
June 18th 2017


43455 Comments


This sounds like gym music

Sinternet
June 18th 2017


14618 Comments


Similar Bands: Volumes, Kingdom of Giants, Chelsea Grin, Auras, Veil of Maya

there is no chance this is good

Digging: Circa Survive - The Amulet

DatBeefPudding
June 18th 2017


1858 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

those similar bands are all wrong, i would argue the aforementioned comparison was quite apt. "Sounds like Vildjharta and Invent Animate had a baby"

Sinternet
June 18th 2017


14618 Comments


ok so it's still bad

SteakByrnes
June 19th 2017


4030 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just listened to Life//Lost, most certainly not better than this

artiswar
June 19th 2017


1501 Comments


Eh, to each his own. I think it rips.

BandanaGeorge
June 19th 2017


42 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I would liken this to things like Oceans Ate Alaska, early Northlane, Erra, Invent Animate and others like that. These guys kill it, stumbled upon them by accident, glad I did.

tresm87
June 19th 2017


3808 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Life lost and ep have extremely raw vocals and aren't nearly on the same instrumental level of creativity as this.

JWT155
June 20th 2017


13561 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not bad, but outrageously derivative.

Nocturtle
June 20th 2017


561 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Loving this, I was worried after hearing the lead single but they ended up killing it here

SteakByrnes
June 20th 2017


4030 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hell yea man, shit is cash



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