Tossing up a mergence of alternative influences with a punk rock ethos, Staffordshire’s The Hiding Place are back to offer a short session of tracks, entitled ‘The Something Sessions’. With only three tracks to dig into, two new pieces of material and one cover, the EP amounts to a lot more than just simply “something”.
Opening up is the impressive ‘The Collapse’. With rapturous resonance and adopting all the qualities of a potential anthemic embodiment, The Hiding Place express the musical vibrancy that is sorely needed when creating an eponymous track. From such an impressive opener, and after absorbing the rest of the EP, it’s difficult to erase the chorus from ‘The Collapse’ from your head. The second track, ‘Crypts’, valiantly attempts to follow in the footsteps of the standard that has been set, but unfortunately falls short.
Finishing off the record on a risky note is a cover of alternative-metal superstars Deftones‘ ‘Sextape’. Although the band clearly had the right intentions by covering this track, the cover will remain dubious amongst listeners due to the hierarchical dominance of its creators. In the end, the track wishes to be appreciated, but will sadly receive an essence of doubt.
The Hiding Place offer a mixed bag with the promise of potential. The band expresses optimism and excitement within the intense ethos and clear prominence of musical ability. The clear expression of ability in the opening track, and daring characteristic of the cover, show that the band aren’t far away from where they long to be. With the emotional aggression, the variety of sound, and awareness of ferocious musical talent, this band may have offered a precarious body of work this time, but the ability is there to optimistic about future productions.
Written by Calvin Robinson
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