While we were all locked down in isolation, baking banana bread and binge-watching Netflix, Alienist …
Earlier this month on the 13th November, Like Moths To Flames surprise released a three track EP; Where The Light Refuses To Go.
Dropping into our laps just in time for Christmas. A small present to remind us, ‘hey we’re still here’, giving us a taste of what’s to come and hopefully stands as just a teaser for a full-length album in the new year.
Overall the EP is pretty reminiscent of many metalcore albums being released nowadays, not necessarily mind-blowing or outwardly different to what we’ve already seen. However, seeing the band’s steady growth and instilled consistency over the years up until now does make this particular release more attractive and stand out a little from the masses.
On the whole, this is a solid EP with melodic riffs, intricate lyrical content and more than catchy hooks.
Straight off the bat there was instantaneous goose bumps and chills from track number one, All That You Lost. Immediately being hit with low tuned guttural vocals foreshadowing the new era of Like Moths To Flames. Smoke and Mirrors is the standout track here, being an exploration of mental health hurdles, a piece seamlessly running off the back of Nowhere Left To Sink from previous album. The hook; “It’s a slow decay, I should have seen all along” is super catchy and really ties together that familiar gut feeling of no longer being in control of your own mind. Finishing off with Into The Black it was nice to finally hear more of the bass riffs and comparing this to previous records, seem to have a more polished clean vocal production.
The release caries over the compelling power from their last record Dark Divine and combines it with an added heavier and more aggressive vocal tone from front man Chris Roetter, thus cancelling out any of the worries sceptics had regarding the question of whether or not the boys would ‘go soft’ upon signing with UNFD.
Although the triple track EP is quite masterful, it does feel a little too short, lacking some oomph. On the whole, this is a solid EP with melodic riffs, intricate lyrical content and more than catchy hooks.
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