Combining the dual vocal forefront that likes of Atreyu, The Blackout, Alexisonfire, Issues, Underoath and Fightstar have made a highly successful delivery strategy within the spectrum of post-hardcore and metalcore, fresh faced British troupe Faultlines are one of the latest bands to join the aforementioned peers. Having about a year’s worth of experience together, the sextet are still very much still learning the ropes, but debut EP ‘All We’ve Ever Known’ is the right first step into joining and standing high in the ranks of an ever populating scrimmage of emerging bands.
The volume gradually swells for the first few seconds of opener ‘Buried’ before crashing into the track proper. It doesn’t take long for singer Christina Rotondo to show off her powerful voice with the track’s chorus, and by then the duo tag team of her and screamer Jake Noakes is already in full effect. Where Rotondo brings the slick melodic edge that sounds somewhere inbetween VERSA‘s Sierra Kusterbeck and Kiarely Castillo of Conquer Divide, Noakes could easily stand as a vocal double for Winston McCall of Parkway Drive with very few batting an eyelid.
Though admittedly Faultlines daren’t deviate from the metalcore/post-hardcore template that we’ve become accustomed to over recent years, there’s certainly enough variation to keep your attention for a full playthrough and keep you coming back for several more doses. The electronic overlays certainly help in aiding that, and the chorus hooks in the likes of ‘Weathered Bones’ keep us on our toes for the first few times it hits our ears.
Running with the ideal of saving the best for last, ‘Voices’ stands as the EP’s highlight. The vocal trade-off between Rotondo and Noakes is on top form, as is each of their respective methods of delivery. Instrumentally it holds the most dynamics too, shifting between subtle picked riffs and crushing chords, pulverising drum fills, and an overlay of piano and strings that sees off ‘All We’ve Ever Known’ with us wanting to hear the band’s next step.
Faultlines aren’t reinventing the wheel, or breaking it to pieces either, but running your choice of wheel as efficiently and proficiently as the band do here is absolutely fine too. They’re still in their infancy, yet off the back of ‘All We’ve Ever Known’, there’s plenty more potential bubbling below the surface which the band are yet to dispense.
Written by Zach Redrup (@zachredrup)