Wasteland by Sirens & Sailors (Tragic Hero Records)
Tragic Hero Records has a terrific track record when it comes to discovering new talent. Bands such as Alesana, A Skylit Drive, and Motionless In White released their first recordings on the label, and went on to vastly successful careers. One of Tragic Hero’s latest signing is Sirens & Sailors from Rochester, NY, whose stunning brand of metalcore will surely find a good deal of attention and admiration. Their Tragic Hero debut EP Wasteland is six shimmering tracks of sheer aggression, showing a collective who is more than ready to break out of the East Coast and beyond.
The recording opens with the ominous strains of the title cut Wasteland, a calming introduction before wading into the stormiest of seas. Then kicking into supersonic high gear is the mesmerizing You And Die, slamming the listener with its skilled thrashing musicianship and explosive vocals. A stunning preface which should instantly hook the listener in for even more earth shattering reveries.
I’ve Got A Masters Degree In Common Sense comes crashing across the speakers next, with its compelling breakdowns and driving guitar hero meanderings. Mirror For My Medusa presents a progressive edge while still maintaining its breakneck pace. The chorus “You better love me now before I’m gone for good…” is sure to inspire raging sing-a-longs when performed live.
No Light Without A Dark really shows off the relentlessly tight rhythm section while Falling Into Place is an all-out anthem concluding Wasteland on a gripping note. Definitely a candidate for repeated spinning in your stereo for the Summer of 2012 and beyond, Wasteland by Sirens & Sailors is a vibrant collection of sonic gems that are well worth seeking out.
The tremendously resourceful Sirens & Sailors lineup consists of Kyle Bihrle on vocals, Todd Golder on guitar, Jimm Lindsley on guitar, Nick Lord on bass, and Doug Court on drums. It will be exciting to see what future voyages Sirens & Sailors commence upon. In the meantime, explore the confines of the wondrous Wasteland EP and prepare for the mighty assault to the senses.
(Review by Kenneth Morton)
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