Promising to bring us two EPs in a short space of six months, Arizona’s Greeley Estates have stuck to their word and brought us ‘Devil Son’, part two and the follow-up to last year’s ‘The Narrow Road’. Where ‘The Narrow Road’ brought us a taste of Greeley Estates at their heaviest, ‘Devil Son’ takes us into the band’s more melodic, yet for the most part still hard-hitting, side.
Ryan Zimmerman‘s distinct vocals open up the acoustic-led short title-track opener before delving us into first track proper, ‘Marionette’. This is Greeley Estates covering pretty much all bases of their sound to the fullest. The slow heavy guitars and thumping drums, backed by haunting synth before the crushing and contagious chorus kicks in. This is your typical Greeley Estates single, and it makes perfect sense why the band opted this as the EP’s leading track.
‘The Killing Fields’ perhaps sees Greeley Estates at their heaviest throughout the ‘Devil Son’ EP. What at first begins as a relatively upbeat and melodic number soon progresses and evolves into an barrage of tremolo guitar picking from Brandon Hackenson and David Ludlow accompanied by a screamed outro section from Zimmerman. Well, it would be the heaviest offering here, until we’re parted with EP closer ‘Cut Me Out’, which veers us into some of the band’s darker territory.
The great thing about Greeley Estates, which is displayed in as black and white as possible with the ‘The Narrow Road’ and ‘Devil Son’ EP duo is that they can perform melodic post-hardcore and some of the darkest and heaviest post-hardcore you may ever come across with ease, without losing their identity. These guys are easily one of the most underrated bands within their genre, and the fact that they can produce this after leaving their label and going D.I.Y. is just a testament to their talent, passion and worth to survive.
Written by Zach Redrup