For all of you who are unfamiliar with the name, All At Sea are a fairly small and (admittedly) relatively unknown metalcore band based in the North East area of England. After releasing their debut EP ‘Divided’ back in 2015, the band have now returned with their newest effort and follow-up EP, ‘Systemised’.
On very initial impressions, vocalist Jack Tyreman sounds very much like Chris Fronzak (Attila), and at points using the same sort of yells of “yeah” every now and then with a high-pitched screech and the almost airy at times sounding vocals. This will be a take or leave thing for most people, but not necessarily a deal breaker in regards to listening to this band.
Lyrically, ‘Systemised’ deals with themes such as living a boring and mundane life as described in the first song, ‘Wake, Work, Repeat’. The song which describes the every day routine of waking up and going to work, leading up to lines describing that they (whoever that may be) in the song was meant to do more with their life than just leading the same daily mundane routines. An enjoyable start to the EP, with lyrics that aren’t overly complex being accompanied by instrumentals that follow the same vain.
The instrumentals on this release vary from the straight up metalcore sound that we’re all familiar by now, however, this release does branch out with more groove sounding vocals, with moments that you’d find on a Lamb Of God or even with a significant push what Pantera used to release (just with different tunings). There are definitely more influences on here from other subgenres of metal rather than just metalcore, which is a very nice and surprising touch.
In turn, the negatives are far outweighed by the positives, with the biggest thing from this release is that All At Sea, despite being a young and upcoming metalcore act, don’t put all the emphasis on being as ‘heavy’ and ‘brutal’ as possible, with more emphasis being placed on the other more important aspects such as the lyrical themes and content. All At Sea will get somewhere if they continue to release music of this quality.
Written by Jack Bellamy (@jackbellamy17)