1980s power balladeer and one-time punk Belinda Carlisle said it best; heaven is a place …
There’s a certain tranquillity to be experienced in Pridelands EP Any Colour You Desire. It’s weird, this release, metalcore as it is, sparks a sensation much like floating. Listening to Any Colour You Desire you’ll feel much like the music sounds—like an aggravated leaf doing battle with the breeze.
The EP’s title track swells with the echo of drums and guitars, steadfast and sonic, its chorus rings out like an angel beaten down to succumb to the more dangerous tones of the song and all up, it paves the way for a collection of songs that are as brutal as they are beautiful.
So much of the elation you begin to experience in Any Colour You Desire is down to the care and commitment of Pridelands, who create an appealing dissonance of clarity in how they string together these tracks.
There’s an unadulterated power in Machina, a certain melancholy to be said of Slowly, and the EP’s production is perhaps one of the best to be had of an independent band. So much of the elation you begin to experience in Any Colour You Desire is down to the care and commitment of Pridelands, who create an appealing dissonance of clarity in how they string together these tracks. The Melbourne fivesome have made a move that works so well that once that wonderful, whimsical sense of ecstasy is over, you’ll find your head quickly out of the clouds and your feet unwillingly back on the ground.
There’s a shroud of wonder and aggression surrounding this banger of an EP and as Prideland’s latest offering into the madness that is metalcore, it serves them well enough that they deserve to be picked up by a label. Stat.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Boys, Machina, Slowly
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