Since their inception back in 2010, Famous Last Words have interchanged between releasing full-length albums and short EPs, and now it’s time for a new five-track effort called ‘Arizona’.
Known for creating conceptual narratives and merging multiple genres to creative a dramatic atmosphere, the band have gone from strength-to-strength as the years of passed, and they’ve emerged victorious once more with this effort.
Swirling the lines between melodic metalcore and tech breakdowns, ‘Runaway’ is an energetic and varied start that bares its teeth in a confrontational swarm of locusts that pinch at the skin leaving a sting of pins and needles. A contrasting juxtaposition of heavy deviations and puristic choruses ensure a plethora of contrasting emotive states.
Driving the maniacal wheels into burning tyre spins, ‘The Game’ further pushes the horizons into guttural death screams and diving riffs that existentially keep pile-driving its impact while interspersed with emphatic choruses that briefly abate the furore.
Breaking the tide of euphoria, ‘Broken Glass’ is an unfortunate yet certain weak point, combining a bunch of over-produced vocals from Jeremy “JT” Tollas aside some synth instrumentation. It wholly seems inferior to its predecessors.
Now, normally when most people shout a line or beat at a concert it’s because they know that a particular song from the band is about to come on and that will naturally build energy and atmosphere. Intentionally repeating the line “Scream la, da, da, da” fourteen times throughout the whole song won’t get anyone any kudos. Even A Day To Remember only did it on the intro and replicated it in rhythm form to avoid it getting stale.
As a short EP, ‘Arizona’ stands stead fast in its ideas and the action packed style has its entertainment value, but to expand it to a full album would take more climatic and less synthetic attributes to attain the full potential available.