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The release of Bring Me The Horizon’s Sempiternal in 2013, clearly new standards of accessibility and experimentation were set within the realms of popular heavy music, yielding an enduring impact that’ll ricochet through the scene for years to come. Awaken I Am have mirrored this tried and true formula, resulting in a cinematic album that’ll see them enter top-tier echelon of Australian heavy music.
Opening track Walk My Way is a direct by-product of heavy music in a post-Sempiternal/That’s The Spirit world, with it’s arm-wave beckoning chorus, melody focused guitar lines and high-octane drumming displaying a fervent worship for Oli Sykes & Co. Blind Love is the band’s attempt at re-writing Bring Me The Horizon’s scene-defining anthem Sleepwalking with stomping bass lines contesting with sparkling synths for the foreground, culminating in a 30 Seconds To Mars-esque stadium conquering chorus.
Blind Love is exemplary in showcasing the heights of catchiness and melodic awareness heavy bands in the modern age can achieve.
Hindsight’s pounding funk bass and a more subdued take on synths that allow frontman Adam Douglas’ vocal abilities to soar—proving the band can shine even when the focus is shifted away from re-writing the Sempiternal songbook. Closer, Wolves harkens back to the band’s post-hardcore roots with Dance Gavin Dance inspired guitar lines and vocal runs that’d put Kellin Quinn’s finest moments to shame.
Awaken I Am have truly pounded the Australian touring circuit pavement over the last five years, garnering a wealth of respect amongst their peers and a passionate group of fans. Blind Love is exemplary in showcasing the heights of catchiness and melodic awareness heavy bands in the modern age can achieve.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Hindsight, Blind Love, Wolves
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