Smoke and Mirrors by Vital Signs (Imminence Records)
The explosive Vital Signs is already showing signs of an astounding pulse, even at this stage of their career. Featuring ex-members of Ace Augustine, An Early Ending and I Am History, Vital Signs is destined to break out of the Pennsylvania music scene – especially if their new EP Smoke and Mirrors is indicative of greater glories ahead. Imminence Records has unleashed a winner with this one, kicking off the New Year with a bang!
Smokes and Mirrors commences with Sound Of The End, an impressive cut that should instantly hook the listener in with its vibrant intensity. Dear Death is a stunning highlight with its devastating “there must be something more than this God forsaken world” lyrical content and crushing melodies. After a brief instrumental Interlude, The Chosen smashes into your psyche with its heavier than hell inflections and thunderous breakdowns. And then closing out the recording way too soon is the spiraling title cut Smoke and Mirrors, ambitious in scope, leaving the listener wanting to hear a whole lot more.
The musicians contributing to the stirring heartbeat of Vital Signs include Alex Runk on vocals, Alex Bolton on guitar, Bryan Merriman on guitar, Frankie Donaldson on bass, and Patrick Sherman on drums. If you are a fan of Memphis May Fire and The Color Morale, expect your pulse to race into the stratosphere when encountering the exhilarating sounds of Vital Signs.
(Review by Ken Morton)
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