ALBUM: It Prevails – Stroma

Release Date: July 19th, 2011
Label: Mediaskare Records
Website: None available


It Prevails seem to recruit and then lose members faster than the church of Scientology. Having yet another line-up change before the making of ‘Stroma’, they are now back with latest recruits, guitarist Nic Toten and drummer Aaron Marsh. ‘Stroma’ is the band’s third release, and they are currently in the middle of a mammoth US tour in support of it.

Opening track ‘Holes’ is their most listened to song on, and it’s easy to see why. Well, hear why, you can’t see music, well, if you read sheet music maybe… you know what I mean. As I was saying, ‘Holes’ is a great song, sounding similar to that of early Atreyu. Powerful and aggressive vocals coupled with a punk-rock-esque guitar riff sounds pretty great.

However, as the album progresses, it seems there’s little diversity present. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it worked for Korn in their early days. Songs like ‘The Task’ and ‘Artisan’ are somewhat darker and heavier than others, but they do still sound rather similar too.

The more you listen, the more you feel that there’s something missing from their sound. Don’t get me wrong, they sound good, but not quite great. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I feel it may be due to the guitars. For vocals that aggressive, they need a heavier sound to back it up. There’s a distinct lack of heavy breakdowns and choruses, and those that are present are drowned out by vocals, etc. I would like to point out, I am not a hardcore kid, but a heavy-as-fuck, punch-in-face breakdown is needed in a song or two.

In summary, ‘Stroma’ is an okay album. The songs sound kind of similar to each other, but they are good songs none the less. Although it may not be that heavy on record, I’m sure when played live they will sound as heavy as hell. If you’re a fan of Emery or Underoath, give these guys a listen.

Written by Andy Roberts