Everyone nowadays seem to brand themselves as post-hardcore. It’s got to the point where new bands seem to adpot the genre like a hashtag in the hopes of gaining more exposure and populatiry. True post-hardcore artists, such as letlive. and Touché Amoré, are placed in the same camp with the likes of Asking Alexandria, which is plain wrong. Planara have dubbed their latest EP, ‘Hostiles’, a post-hardcore record and, well, it just isn’t.
Planara also describe their music as “modern metal”, which is a much more fitting title as ‘Hostiles’ has more post-production effects tacked on than if Michael Bay did Avatar. Reading Planara‘s bio, they “are permanently experimenting…” and are “trying to go away from traditional post-hardcore clichés and reach new horizons of modern rock and alternative music”. While they may have tried to do that, they’ve certainly not succeeded to do so, like, at all. Instead, Planara have created a generic metal EP that has less orinigality than a BBC Three comedy.
Don’t get me wrong, their music isn’t bad, not by a long shot. Each member is very talanted and the band boast some impressive skills, but the music they produce is nothing you haven’t heard already. It’s because of this that Planara are doomed to the support slots for the metal scene. Tracks like ‘On The Run’ do possess some potential to become something amazing, with its catchy siren-esque riffs, but it still comes across as standard stuff. If they were to explore down a more experimental route while keeping their accesiblity, then they would be onto something amazing. Listening to this EP, it’s safe to say that they certainly have the potential to do this.
If you’re a fan of metal music in general, then do check out Planara. While their ‘Hostiles’ EP is nothing special, it’s still worth a listen. Plus, with their highly energic tracks and accesible vocals, they could well be gracing the UK shores for a gig or two.
Written by Andy Roberts