In a ‘metalcore cliché drinking game’, Asking Alexandria‘s début ‘Stand Up And Scream’ will get you tipsy, an Of Mice & Men record will get you hammered, but RVNT‘s latest effort will get you plastered… and it’s only 23 minutes long. The ‘Vulnerable’ EP (yeah, there’s one drink just for the title) is the debut release from Virginia Beach newbies and, whilst it packs a punch harder than some of the genre’s reigning champs, it doesn’t do it without borrowing a couple of textbook ideas.
Straight from the opening shout of “get up” (take a shot), ‘Vulnerable’ is already doing things you’ve already heard before. We get some Austin Carlile-ish vocals along with a painfully familiar chorus along with dreary and typical lyrics, whilst the instrumentals are rehashing some bog standard beatdown riffs that sounds like they were paying for their guitars by the fret.
You’ve probably gotten a bit wavy after the first track alone, so for the next five tracks is the EP gonna completely flip flop and offer us some killer new sounding and innovative sounding metalcore? Nah, they just add some synths over the intro (finish your drink) and continue to bombard you with borrowed ideas. There’s a ludicrous amount of shouting swears before a breakdown to prove that they’re edgy (two shots every time), and so many limp choruses that your liver is going to be begging for this record to end.
To be fair to this EP, it does have a strong production for a first release; the heavy bits do hit well and the choruses may be limp, but they blend well. This definitely isn’t the worst recent metalcore release out there, but it’s the pinnacle example of the lack of originality that’s turning the genre into dull and saturated dirge.
Written by Jack King (@Jackingy)
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