Blackpool born metalcore outfit, HeWhoDares, have got a really great sound. They come across as a more youthful and exuberant Bury Tomorrow, with head-smashingly brutal riffs and ballsy vocals just like their counterparts, which give them a thoroughly professional tone. Their latest EP output, ‘Thrones’, really sets the path for them to steadily claim the crown from their peers as their own.
This EP really begins with ‘Time To Rewind’, a song that showcases the seriously heavy side of the band for the first minute or so, yet it provides catchy clean vocals that never sound forced or out of key like it does with many bands coming out of this genre. There’s some repetitive guitar lines which marry perfectly with the expansive drum sound the band have and it’s a totally solid opening gambit.
For aficionados of metalcore, there won’t be anything to find on here that surprises, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a really impressive second EP from a band who are just getting to grips with and perfecting their sound. ‘Thrones’ is another song which has clean and heavy parts galore and this mix feels right for this band as the vocals all marry well together. Throughout the release, HeWhoDares prove that they’re capable of changing speed whenever they feel like it, and they do as the EP’s full of tempo shifts which always work and give the release some variation.
It’s hard to criticise the EP as it really is thoroughly enjoyable and one which has to be played at full volume to appreciate its intensity and vigour. These guys have such a great sound and if they’re ever in your area, they’d definitely be worth checking out at a live show. The only criticism to be really had is that the final track on the EP doesn’t really sit well alongside the rest of the material and lets the rest of the songs down quality-wise.
These guys might be sticking around for a while judging by the sound of this EP and that’s only a good thing. They stand out from a scene with plenty of bands doing the same thing and are actually a breath of fresh air. ‘Thrones’ is a really engrossing EP and could be a true springboard for the band to reach new heights.
Written by Greg Spencer