Lurking in the grey area between crushing metal violence and the more aggressive end of post-hardcore, the cross-pollinated approach of Surrey five piece POLAR. offers further evidence that the UK is still developing its own unique strain of contemporary heaviness. With giant hooks and savage metallic weight in abundance, ‘No Cure No Saviour’ is not only the best record we have seen from the band yet, but perhaps the year’s leading example of modern British fury.
Picking up where 2014’s ‘Shadowed By Vultures’ left off, POLAR. have plainly undergone something of a refining and sharpening pursuit of their hardcore template. And the results are simply colossal. Although showing no signs of compromise with the thudding grooves and Hatebreed-esque vocal delivery (‘Tidal Waves And Hurricanes’), what is most striking about ‘No Cure No Saviour’ are the arms aloft choruses and widescreen melody that the band manage to conjure between their muscular assault.
Indeed, lead single ‘Until The Light’ boasts the sort of anthemic scope to put the likes of later day Bring Me The Horizon in the shade, the band’s pit-ready sound merging seamlessly between the startling rage-rush of ‘Lost Souls’ and the thrilling melodic acuteness of ‘Downfall’, whilst exhibiting the sort of impassioned intensity and steely eyed conviction sure to engage with the underground, basement show aesthetic of hardcore’s true heart.
The prevailing mood is one of aggression and urgency, but with that laudable air of ambition and emotional depth visible around every corner. ‘No Cure No Saviour’ will, with any justice, carry POLAR. more than a few steps beyond their peers.
Written by Tony Bliss (@TBliss88)