Iona Grove
Breathe


4.5
superb

Review

by mooreofmattie USER (1 Reviews)
June 27th, 2015 | 13 replies


Release Date: 12/24/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Iona Grove's "Breathe" breaks new ground in the metalcore genre.

Denver-based Iona Grove’s debut EP Breathe does much more than its title would suggest. The opening track starts swinging immediately and will routinely open the dance floor in a fury of headbanging and mosh-mongering. While many contemporary metalcore acts would be content with such a description, the dudes in Iona Grove aren’t satisfied with just that. As the vocals come in, the headbanging continues but the group shows off their songwriting talent. The constant tempo changes and chord progressions exceed expectations. The band’s single and second track, “Redwoods,” has clear pop-punk and hardcore elements that add to their versatility. The guitar work is impressive and what’s more, the duo has a chemistry comparable to Circa Survive and August Burns Red while evoking neither and instead establishing their own unique style. Plenty of metalcore acts have starkly defined rhythm and lead guitar players, whereas the guys of Iona Grove share the duties. Outside of the guitar work, it’s apparent to even the amateur listener that the music of Iona Grove demands that each of its members be experts at their instruments. This EP simply wouldn’t have turned out this way without it.

What the listener can love about Breathe is that each song is completely unique; any of the three songs could’ve been the single. The bridge of “Redwoods” serves as the very middle of the EP and evokes its title. This key moment is a break from the chaos surrounding it and seems to echo over the hills of the album artwork. The only clean vocals on the album are tastefully inserted here in the middle: “And it’s your ghost I see / And it’s your ghost I believe.” A mystic middle, a moment to breathe.

Can this band pull off this material live" you might ask. Upon seeing them perform, one can only conclude that the answer to that question is a resounding yes. Have you ever been into a band because the production quality and songwriting was incredible but then saw that band live and it just didn’t live up to expectations" Yeah, me too. Unlike those disappointments, Iona Grove delivers in their debut EP Breathe. Do yourself a favor and listen to them.

https://ionagrove.bandcamp.com/releases


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Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
July 9th 2015


14138 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review



for the most part i agree, this is actually some surprisingly solid modern metalcore

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Comatorium.
July 14th 2015


4848 Comments


This is pre good. Like scale the summit with vocals.

Comatorium.
July 19th 2015


4848 Comments


Jammed this a few times, and it's stupid good. Really excited to see where this band goes from here.

Danred97
July 20th 2015


1977 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

These guys are like August Burns Red if they actually tried to be interesting. Looking forward to hearing more from these guys.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
July 20th 2015


14138 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They sound nothing like abr to me but ok

Comatorium.
July 20th 2015


4848 Comments


ABR is basically a metalcore parody band these days... No stupid fucking spaghetti western soundtrack breaks here.

mooreofmattie
July 21st 2015


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks Mort. & Comatorium.! I appreciate everyone reading it.

Prognoz
May 3rd 2016


292 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Redwoods is amazing, especially the middle part. Can't wait for these guys to release more.

Spec
July 30th 2016


35631 Comments


Redwoods is awesome.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
July 30th 2016


14138 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really like Firestarter

Spec
July 30th 2016


35631 Comments


Yeah its awesome too. Just got this off their bandcamp.

I dig the kind of "local band" sound they have.

JeetJeet
March 2nd 2018


6063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jamming Firestarter atm wondering wtf happened to these dudes

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Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
March 2nd 2018


14138 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh shit yeh i forgot about these guys, firestarter is a tuuuuune



apparently they went on hiatus back in early 2017



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