EP: Black Coast – Crows Of The North
February 26th, 2016
Black Coast are a modern day hardcore band that play locally around the Stoke-on-Trent area. Taking influences from groups such as While She Sleeps, Your Demise, and Desolated within the heart of their music, the band is one in which you know what you’re going to get.
This unfortunately tends to be the band’s downfall within most of their debut EP, ‘Crows Of The North’, offering nothing really discernibly different. The band can become repetitive, and almost one that will give off a sense of predictability within the majority of the EP itself. Given tracks like ‘Plagues’, for instance, leaving little to remember the band by, the EP feels like it’s just there awkwardly sitting until it finishes. This is with the exception of two songs.
‘Crows Of The North’ itself being the final track of the EP has a build-up towards it with an ending that can be relatively easy to remember, and one that is striking at the end of this track. The only unfortunate message to this, however, is the fact that the bits where vocalist Charlie and guitarists Joe and Scott go into a quietened bit. Though, however, good this sounds, it quite obviously rips off While She Sleeps‘ own ‘Four Walls’, and is clear within listening that the band are very often at times sounding like a budgeted version of said band.
‘Habit’ is the track you want to be listening to if anything off this EP is recommended, with infectious bass grooves, impressive guitars and a slight variety of singing style for Charlie, the band start to gain a little bit of originality. The step from this song to a full release is hopefully something that can be noticed, and one that can be expanded upon.
It’s important to note that the musicianship in the band, though bland at times, is technically proficient. The bass intro on ‘Violence Reigns’ is exceptional, and the way that the guitars play into ‘Plagues’ gives the band something that can hopefully be dug into more with any future releases. The band do have potential as shown, but unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be reached on this release.
Written by Bradley Cassidy (@bradcassidy170)