Pitched somewhere between the syncopated mechanical clout of djent and contemporary metalcore’s melodic splendor (with a healthy dose of deathcore savagery), Shields‘ uniquely thrilling strain of modern muscularity is delivered with all the youthful aggression and metallic know how of genuine future contenders.
Notwithstanding the churning grooves and depth charge breakdown grotesquery on display here (‘I’ve Dealt With Worse’, ‘Guilt’), what is most laudably evident across these five tracks is how the London quintet manage to suggest a progressive edge without any forays into dork friendly tedium.
Indeed, ‘Guilt’ is anything but a snooze-fest. Instrumentally rich and showcasing a dense sonic vision, the likes of closing track ‘But This Feels Worse’ exhibit a level of pulverizing grandeur which the band would do well to explore further and, between liberal sprinkling of big chorus euphoria and pit friendly violence, ‘Guilt’ will undoubtedly overjoy stage divers and beard strokers alike.
Written by Tony Bliss (@TBliss88)