Australia’s Foxblood impressed last year with their sophomore record, ‘Grief & Mercy Sleep’, and between its release and their debut ‘The Devil, The Dark & The Rain’, it was a bit of a tumultuous time.
The band underwent some significant line-up changes; original vocalist Chris Milward was replaced by dual frontmen Tom Beale and Anthony Syle. They haven’t suffered for it, though. In fact, Foxblood have successfully built on their previous work to carry their sound ever forward.
Now they’ve put out an EP of some of their previous hits reimagined. ‘Reprise’ features predominantly cuts from their latest LP (‘Carry Me’, ‘Mess Like Me’, and ‘Never Rome’), as well as the between-album stand alone single, ‘Bittersweet’.
These remixed versions dial back their heavier tones to create lo-fi, chill beats, but that still pack the same punch as the originals. ‘Never Rome’, the ultimate self-deprecating anthem, gets a new lease as the melodic, ambient track sans unclean vocals that gave the initial version that angsty edge.
It’s not unusual for a rock band to sprinkle in some electronica to spice up their music, but this record incorporates electronic soundscapes more than most. It works well, transforming their sound further beyond what most metal bands manage. Basically, think of their album work as being in a different stage of loss, while this EP has progressed them from anger to acceptance.