Currents
The Way It Ends


4.0
excellent

Review

by joshieboy USER (24 Reviews)
June 6th, 2020 | 144 replies


Release Date: 06/05/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Currents further establish themselves with their 2nd LP as they try to distance themselves from their contemporaries

The sophomore album is a litmus test for all bands, and nothing is different for upcomers in the metalcore scene Connecticut’s Currents. The success of their outstanding debut record ‘The Place I Feel Safest’ put the 5-piece on the metalcore map. They further established themselves with 2018 EP ‘I Let The Devil In’ that expanded their repertoire of intricate guitar work and interesting vocal delivery and that now leads in perfectly to their 2nd LP.

The quintet consists of impressive vocalist Brian Wille, guitarists Chris Wiseman and Ryan Castaldi, bassist Christian Pulgarin and drummer Matt Young. The album kicks off with ‘Never There’ that gets the album off to a good start with Wille showing off his harsh vocals that immediately come to the forefront of the band's sound. This then leads into lead single ‘A Flag To Wave’ which is one of the strongest songs on the record and a perfect encapsulation of what the band is striving to achieve as Wille effortlessly switches back and forth between his solid screaming voice and his excellent clean vocals. It also contains the catchiest chorus on the album:

‘’I long for something that l can represent, a flag to wave, to find my foundation’’

This for me is one of the best choruses l have heard in a metalcore song this year. It will be sure to get stuck in your head.

Other singles ‘Poverty of Self’ and ‘Monsters’ follow with the former being the heaviest song on the record and one which gives vocalist Wille the chance to show off his low screams and a deathcore-like pig squeal during its breakdown. ‘Poverty of Self’ would be the song established fans of the band would identify with most and is a song which is reminiscent of ones on their debut. ‘Monsters’ much like ‘A Flag To Wave’ has a great clean chorus along with solid guitar work.

A focal point for any metalcore band is guitar and as aforementioned, guitarists Chris Wiseman and Ryan Castaldi are very efficient throughout the record in giving the listener everything you’d expect from a metalcore record but with a larger emphasis on technical and intricate playing. Examples of this are found throughout but my favourite guitar parts of the record can be found on ‘Origin’ where Wiseman and Castaldi combine well to contribute to the verses and the inevitable breakdown and also, the solo in ‘How I Fall Apart’ is dropped in at just the right time. ‘Origin’ also has good guitar work but an interest part of the song is the experimentation with a synth in the background that contributes positively to the atmosphere of the song. Closer ‘Better Days’ follows a similar formula but is an effective end to the album combining the entire sound of the album and wrapping it up in a nice bow.

Young on drums and Pulgarin on bass are also important members, but as with other metalcore albums, the bass can be lost in the mix. Young is a highly competent drummer who does well to support the band and he has his moments to shine on slower songs like ‘Origin’ and ‘How I Fall Apart’.

Lyrical content on a metalcore album is something that a lot of folks don’t usually care much about as long as they are not overly cringe or offensive but there are definitely some interesting and thoughtful lyrics contained within the album as vocalist Brian Wille speaks on topics like reckoning, salvation, faith and self- loathing.

‘Origin’ is a good example of these topics being discussed:

‘’I can’t give myself to you further for everything is so meaningless to me…I can’t be your Shepard if I’m lost’’

‘Poverty of Self’ has a lyrical passage that very much relates to the world as it currently stands:

‘’The guilty prosper, consumed by greed. A vicious cycle stuck on repeat. The innocent striped of humanity’’

Criticism of this record is bound to occur and it is certainly understandable as many songs have the typical metalcore structure of screamed verses, clean choruses, and a breakdown to finish things off. While some may not like this, it is something that the band does pretty well due to the above average guitar work and the talent of the man behind the microphone Wille. Those same critics may also find that the album can be guilty of being generic because of the previously mentioned structural similarities but for established fans of the genre, there is enough interesting passages contained in here to keep the listener intrigued.

With their 2nd LP, Currents have crafted a perfectly solid metalcore record that has accomplished its goal to stand out from the rest of the pack and the future certainly looks bright for this promising young band.



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joshieboy
June 6th 2020


7855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Noticed this didn't have a review yet so l thought l would put this together. I enjoyed this and it's continuing to grow on me.



Constructive criticism is welcome.

Themaxwell23
June 6th 2020


133 Comments


So overall pretty good review. Little long for my liking I would of liked it cut down a bit but that’s just me probably a personal preference. I think the record is more by the numbers as well. 4 is a stretch IMO but to each there own. Overall solid read POS.

joshieboy
June 6th 2020


7855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man. Yeah maybe a bit long but l wanted to make sure l touched on as much as l could. Yeah by the numbers is a fair assessment however l think these guys are definitely above average in terms of metalcore bands. Have heard way worse efforts than this

SteakByrnes
June 6th 2020


23290 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Nice review joshie, album is pretty fun

Digging: Hail the Sun - New Age Filth

joshieboy
June 6th 2020


7855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers friend. I really like the majority of this, but god damn l absolutely love A Flag To Wave. I kept on going back to listen to its 2nd chorus which is killer.

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
June 6th 2020


2831 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice review, have a pos! the only c/c i could give you is that the quoted lyrics towards the end kind of disrupt the flow, but it's not that big of an issue. enjoying this record quite a bit

Digging: Lunation Fall - Near

DreamAgain
June 6th 2020


1691 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album gives off a very unique vibe to me. They certainly aren't re-writing the playbook on metalcore songwriting or anything but the entire album has this constant feeling of dread to it. I think their last album was a lot more conventional/formulaic in that regard.



There's a lot of cool little things to appreciate here even if structurally it's pretty familiar. On 'Better Days' in the second verse his drowned out voice in relation to the lyrics until the chains are lifted off when he says 'But I'm bound to break free' is so good.

po0ty
June 6th 2020


656 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like this a lot less than their last album. His singing is just not great for me.

Spec
June 6th 2020


36282 Comments


This is pretty good. I’ve accidentally been ignoring these guys.

DreamAgain
June 6th 2020


1691 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn I love his singing, I think his range is pretty impressive. I certainly wouldn't want a record of just constant growling but I like how it's sprinkled in on Poverty of Self among others, wish he did it a little bit more.

Durrzo
June 6th 2020


2346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

His singing is hit or miss for me. I don't like the chorus of Flag but Second Skin's on the other hand is just fantastic.

Digging: Devil Sold His Soul - Loss

SteakByrnes
June 6th 2020


23290 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Dude's phenomenal live

Durrzo
June 6th 2020


2346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah his technique is legit, I've seen him do some crazy long runs, idk where he finds time to get the air he needs.

DreamAgain
June 6th 2020


1691 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I was shocked when I learned this band only has 1 vocalist. He's super impressive and his cleans are some of my favorite in this genre. I seem to like singing other people apparently don't though, like Polaris *shrug*



Flag to Wave definitely a weak link though. Second Skin and Monsters he slays it. Also, The Place I feel the safest and i'm not waiting are standouts for me. oh and shattered :O

GhostB1rd
June 6th 2020


7940 Comments


spec did it on purpose

JayEnder
June 7th 2020


9644 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review joshie!



This is cool but their last album is so much better. Still a handful of bangers on here.

Digging: Hail the Sun - New Age Filth

joshieboy
June 7th 2020


7855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Jay, l am sorta leaning the same way as you. While l do really enjoy this, l think their 1st one had a few more standout moments



@Jesper Thanks man, l understand what you mean about the flow but l thought l would chuck those examples in as l still have one of my English professors in my ear from University ''if you introduce an idea, give examples''

Durrzo
June 7th 2020


2346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm vibing reeeeeal hard with Kill the Ache.

WeAreReturningHome
June 7th 2020


54 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn I guess them getting softer wasn't a problem as compared to other bands lol

dangerousdarrin
June 7th 2020


340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review! Awesome band! I still need to listen to this when I have more time to just focus on it.

Digging: Devil Sold His Soul - Loss



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