Japanese post-hardcore may be in short supply on these shores, but coldrain are a prime example of a band doing their bit for their particular genre. Put it this way, if every hard rock band from that part of the world are this good, then we’re surely going to be hearing more of the same in the coming years.
‘Through Clarity’ begins with ‘No Escape’, which is a rip roaring beast of a track. It’s frenetic pacing and unstoppable energy combined with a catchy chorus make for a fantastic beginning to the EP. It isn’t the heaviest of songs, but that actually works in the band’s favour as frontman Masato has a really melodic presence as a vocalist and he carries the track forward with his vocals which range from heavy screams to Jason Butler style softer intonations.
The next two tracks, ‘Persona’ and ‘The Future’, unfortunately dredge the band into a more corny and slightly lackadaisical phase of the EP. Both tracks just feel slightly forced, the latter especially feels ultra fatuous and lacks any real emotion or genuine spark. Instead, it actually seems like one of the most generic songs you could possibly hear on a rock album.
Much better is the subsequent, ‘Six Feet Under’, which has some brilliantly visceral screams on it and, even though the lyrics are still quite inane, the melodic nature of the song makes up for it and you just go with it. This band really have the post-hardcore shtick down to a tee. The heavy vocals marry perfectly with the melodic singing, and the heavy rock guitar really does add a certain amount of groove to the songs.
It’s an EP worth listening to, even if there are a few missteps here and there. Overall, coldrain pull it off and deliver a hugely satisfying rock record which glides along at a real pace for the most part. The slower tracks don’t work as well, but what that shows is that coldrain are probably a fantastic live outfit and this EP certainly shows that side of them off.
Written by Greg Spencer