South Coast newbies Provoker have just put out an EP, ‘The Long Defeat’. It’s a 5-track long assault on the ears from beginning-to-end. Hailing from the Portsmouth area, they certainly like to be heard, with a vocal sound like singing in the bath full to the brim with acid.
These dulcet tones start with the first track, ‘Admission’; an onslaught from the play button that has a rattling drum throughout the whaling power chords sitting just behind the strained vocal. ‘Solitary’ is just as strained vocally, with more melody among softer backing vocals. The pace and power of the tack comes to a halt with a lingering mid section that eventually tails off to an end.
‘Accountable’ doesn’t let up on the course we’ve followed so far, until midway an enchanting guitar shows another side to Provoker that hints at other talents. By the time you’re listening to ‘Adopt/Adapt’ and ‘Empty’, you feel like you’ve been shoved through a blender. The emotion is high, and the tracks don’t let up until the last breath; the drumming is relentless and constant, the guitars fight with each other to be heard over the throat tearing vocal. The raw emotion of the vocals cuts like a jagged blade, with sounds you only hear when murder is involved. The softer backing vocals compliment the harshness very well, creating some melody within the power and aggression of the tracks.
‘The Long Defeat’ isn’t something that you put on your headphones to clean the house up. If you did, it might look like someone’s ransacked the place after it’s over. It may not be everyone’s taste, but for those with an ear for it, put it on to smash the room up with the vacuum.
Written by Kami Provan (@kami2311)
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