EP REVIEW: Frank Iero And The Future Violents – Heaven Is A Place, This Is A Place

Release Date: January 15th 2021
Label: UNFD
Website: www.frank-iero.com
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Initially composed during the process of writing ‘Barriers’, ‘Heaven Is A Place, This Is A Place’ sees Frank Iero and The Future Violents deliver a short but lasting endnote to the current project. Filled with moments of intensity and serenity in equal measure, the EP explores the collaboration between the quintet even further.

Grooving lead guitars and chunky power chords signal the introduction of ‘Violence’, before giving way to sparse finger-picking. Playing with the often used quiet to loud dynamic, the track relies on Iero‘s passionate performance and the subtle nuances found within the laid back verses before revealing a crushing bridge that showcases his building confidence as an artist.

Following up with the taught and caustic ‘Sewerwolf’, screamed vocals, dragging guitars, and skittish drum beats sit alongside uneasy verses and moments of calm as Iero moves closer to hardcore than punk rock. With experimental flourishes peppering the latter half of the track and a melodically strong chorus to drive it home, ‘Sewerwolf’ looks towards a different avenue for Iero.

Following on from pared down rendition of R.E.M.‘s classic ‘Losing My Religion’, ‘Record Ender’ seeks for a wider soundscape than its predecessor, journeying through swimming melodies, crushing distortion, and veering between wide ambition and moments of intimacy simultaneously.

Closing the release with a collision of melody and distortion, ‘Record Ender’ marks a bittersweet conclusion to The Future Violents era.