EP REVIEW: Neshiima – Green

Release Date: September 20th 2019
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Website: www.neshiima.com
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Following on from last year’s ‘Purple’ EP, Glaswegian quartet Neshiima are now ready to add an extra colour to their palette with another 4-track offering, ‘Green’.

Thundering in with a cataclysm of kick pedals and confrontational guitar tones, opener ‘Caving In’ emphatically begins with a high amount of energy and impact, with vocalist Liam Hesslewood traversing between confrontational shouts, roaring screams, and clean choruses. Almost verging on nu-metal in places, it stays on the aggressive edge enough to rally into the realms of technical metal and metalcore.

Encroaching into rap metal territory, ‘Treason’ is a declaration of intentions, with the main instrumentation laying a bounding rhythmic backdrop as synths and dubstep sounds reverberate around to add extra drama to the vocal utterances. Collapsing in a furore of metal breakdowns and screaming retaliation, it seamlessly connects into follower ‘Brave’, which introduces angelic sections of choirs and energetic chords from guitarist Ross Cloughley that create an excellent juxtaposition and variety to proceedings.

Impassioned metal ballad ‘Rush’ riots with fast paced and bouncing rhythms from drummer Danny Cameron who swiftly switches between impactful snare hits and building crescendos of cymbals. Combined with distorted chords and dialled back synths, it’s a straight-up display of bursting metalcore that’s heightened with a mixture of vocal styles that ensures maximum entertainment value.

Tearing down the highway, ‘Green’ is a fast-paced and exciting experience. The high energy and enthusiasm that comes across means that things could only get better across a full album of material.