August has been a busy month for British post-hardcore/metalcore up-and-comers Far From History. After winning the Metal To Masses competition, and thus getting a chance to play Bloodstock Open Air Festival, they have also found time to deliver a brand new EP with the brilliant ‘Gallows Hill’.
The band is described by different sources as post-hardcore, melodic hardcore, metalcore, progressive (and probably some other genres), which gives an idea of how genre-bending their music is. And, even though diversity was also visible in their previous work, it is in ‘Gallows Hill’ where this broad palette really shines.
‘Blueneck’ calmly opens the EP with a distant whistling, quiet guitar and tense drums and grows into a huge banger that holds both violent screaming and clean vocals and sets the dark tone that continues later in ‘Rupture Farms’, where we really get to hear some of those familiar big post-hardcore breakdowns. In ‘Going Under’ we see the band giving into their more experimental side with some odd time signatures and different choices of rhythm, and, if anyone still has any doubts about Tony Mauer’s vocal powers, this is where any doubts should be swept away by that admirable screaming and growling. ‘Shockwave Asylum’ sounds a lot like Slipknot, yet even though the influence is visible, the band puts their own spin on it.
The EP reaches its culmination with ‘Swallowing Broken Glass’ – with Paul Collins’ insane drumming, delicious guitars (Rudi McDonald and Aidan Cooper) and tireless bass (Ed Connor), this is as tight as it gets – so angry, hard and heavy that it seems custom made for huge mosh-pits and headbanging the brain out of your skull. After this, the ending track ‘A-Negative’ (which also features Chad Ruhlig from For The Fallen Dreams) serves more like an epilogue to all that awesomeness we’ve heard.
As for the lyrical content, the lyrics are not overly poetic, but somewhat simple, which not just makes them sound honest, but also keeps the band from sliding into overused clichés, as well as efficiently delivering the message. All in all, this is a great EP from a promising band, and it shows that Far From History have huge potential and are definitely a band to look out for.
Written by Raimonda Mikelsone (@_raimondaaa)