Vanish
From Sheep to Wolves


4.5
superb

Review

by Dalton DuBois USER (12 Reviews)
January 24th, 2018 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: They just claw and feed until I don’t feel a thing

In a genre where raw energy and a proclivity for bouncy riffs are commonplace, it’s inherently risky for a new band to hearken back to the heavily produced atmospheric trends of the early 2010s, even more so when the resulting product is actually fantastic. Vanish have exceeded these expectations; thanks to haunting vocals and varied instrumental breaks, ‘From Sheep to Wolves’ is a downright impressive debut Post-Hardcore effort.

This EP’s eclectic blend of sounds is akin to Pierce the Veil’s third album ‘Collide with the Sky’ on a dark and dreary drinking binge with Sleeping with Siren’s debut album ‘With Ears to See and Eyes to Hear’, with vocalist Patrick Hamilton unequivocally taking the spotlight. His stellar Soprano-Alto base clean range carries this release, and his ability to hit high notes while maintaining a consistently smooth tone are impressive to the point that even Kellin Quinn would blush. That’s not to say he’s a one trick pony, as his lower register and ability to jump across the octave board is just as strong. Even more astounding is that his screams are just as capable, despite not having as wide of a tonal reach as his clean performance. The lyricism focuses on the highs and lows of love, self-denial, and battling with your own mental demons; despite dipping into some occasional clichés, they’re mostly competent, at times poignant, and thanks to the superb vocal quality, the negatives can be easily overlooked.

There’s no signs of slacking in the instrumental department either, as the production favors a layered but open sound to allow each part of the mix to breathe. Bobby Miller and Justin Beacham both deliver excellently on the guitar front, focusing on split atmospherics and distorted arrangements rather than just relying on the bouncy riffing and energetic scales. However, when they dip into their heavier influences such as in “Heaven Sent // Hellbound” their songwriting chops are just as solid, with expertly placed breakdowns and a varied composition. The drumming lends most of its influence from uplifting 2010s pop-punk, and the odd contrast with the more somber tone of the other instrumentals actually gives this release a necessary kick of energy that would have been sorely missed otherwise. The reason this overall instrumental approach works is because of how well the theatrical bells and whistles are amalgamated with the other performances. Instrumental flushes of Chiodos-esque piano arrangements and subtle electronics dominate the spectrum and give each song a unique flavor.

Vanish is a diamond in the rough for a struggling sub-genre style, and is one of those bands that infuses new life into their work via genuine inspiration and solid craftsmanship. ‘From Sheep to Wolves’ is a wonderful sign for things to come from this band, and hopefully their first full length album will even further flesh out the bombastic sound that they captured so well here.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
BlackMalachite
January 24th 2018


3711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

EP Stream - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lsqnAJiD-c&list=PL4GwruGpO8P-GS8tCe3mfjzAVEAvewQAr&index=1

This release is fucking phenomenal.

BlackwaterPork
January 24th 2018


4390 Comments


I don't trust you

BlackMalachite
January 24th 2018


3711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Blackwater: I linked the stream in the first comment, give it a whirl man.

BlackwaterPork
January 24th 2018


4390 Comments


If the recommended are anything to go by I'll skip this tbh

BlackMalachite
January 24th 2018


3711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

If you love bombastic and theatrical post-hardcore you'll adore this, if not then it probably wouldn't be something you'd enjoy.

SteakByrnes
January 24th 2018


22132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Will I like?

BlackMalachite
January 24th 2018


3711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Steak I think this'll be a 3.5 to a 4 for you

SteakByrnes
January 24th 2018


22132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'll peep this in a bit then

BlackMalachite
January 24th 2018


3711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You won't be disappointed, this EP is a gem

SteakByrnes
January 27th 2018


22132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This was fucking awesome, and the Spencer Charnas guest spot was incredible



Very strong Chiodos vibe, I really dug this

BlackMalachite
January 27th 2018


3711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm glad you enjoyed this my dude! I told you that you'd dig it, this band is wonderful.

SteakByrnes
January 27th 2018


22132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's a shame they're so unknown, they go hard

BlackMalachite
January 27th 2018


3711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

They are signed to Outerloop, so hopefully they'll take off soon.

SteakByrnes
January 27th 2018


22132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Outerloop is like the child of Fearless, so hopefully they migrate to Fearless soon enough

ZombieToyDuck
March 2nd 2018


7203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oooo chiodos you say??

BlackMalachite
March 2nd 2018


3711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Indeed Chiodos, this EP is amazing.

ZombieToyDuck
March 2nd 2018


7203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

digging what I'm hearing here, good stuff!

SteakByrnes
March 2nd 2018


22132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hell yea Zombie m/

veninblazer
April 7th 2018


11757 Comments


Really liking this.



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