Opener ‘Balance’ gives us little hints as to what to expect from this Seattle metalcore troupe in an intriguing, pressure-building manner, spatterings of hardcore and metalcore combined giving the listener two ends of the heavy music spectrum. Think Killswitch Engage, Misery Signals and The Ghost Inside at some sort of rad party, doing a mash-up. Not bad at all.
The heaviness of ‘Halfhearted’ and the atmospherically driven ‘Hollow’ contrast nicely with the sickening grooves of ‘New Note’, a much more traditionally hardcore sounding track. There is a whole mix of genres that create the sound that To The Wind have honed, the heaviness of melodic metalcore and hardcore, a crushing yet aura-creating approach to heavy music, an undercurrent in some ways.
Towards the closing of the diverse and unafraid ‘Empty Eyes’, we’re met with ‘Downpour’, an emotive offering with no holds barred that shakes hands with the crushing destroyer that is ‘Solitary’; a track that completely embodies the sound of this band.
‘Empty Eyes’ is a must have for any fan of good metalcore or anyone who just loves to nod their head to cool, heavy music. Here’s to hoping that they will head over to British shores at some point very soon.
Written by L.E.D.