EP REVIEW: Thornhill – Butterfly

Release Date: February 16th 2018
Label: UNFD
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Fresh from signing to Australia’s mammoth heavy label UNFD, Melbourne based five-piece Thornhill are about to set free their second EP, ‘Butterfly’. Having cited bands such as Architects and Northlane as big influences, they certainly seep through in Thornhill‘s breakneck sound.

Frontman Jacob Charlton leads the pack with both guttural screams and some stunningly crisp clean vocals. ‘Parasite’ is perhaps the track that best highlights his vocal talents as he segways from aggressively harsh to blissfully melodic high notes in the transcending chorus.

Charlton‘s voice is often paired against the backdrop of guitarists Ethan McCann and Matt Van Duppen‘s frantic riffs and chord chugs. Opener ‘Sunflower’ highlights this well and immediately displays Thornhill‘s potential as it throws you into their unforgiving hectic world.

‘My Design’ falls into more hard rock than metalcore territory. It’s open, honest, and quite cathartic with an epic chorus propelled forward by Ben Maida and Nick Sjogren manning drum and bass duties respectively. It’s a glimpse into a possible future direction they could delve more into, and, if anything else, it’s proof that they’re more than just another metal band.

All in all, ‘Butterfly’ possesses elegance, intricacy, and is most importantly a bold statement about who Thornhill are. Definitely keep your eyes peeled for this Melbourne quintet as they’re about to take the metalcore scene by storm.