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As one of the first Australian outfits to merge melodic softer vocal harmonies, keys and strings with metalcore breakdowns and hardcore riffs, Saviour have well and truly earnt themselves the title of being a band who strays from the pack.
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Now 14 years on, album number five Shine & Fade, continues to showcase a further evolution of the group’s sound, this time taking it to soaring new heights, with the group exploring new soundscapes that’ll be sure to get them the attention they have always deserved.
Younger kicks things in perfectly, with the addition of bassist Chris Pearce backing clean vocals adding a massive hook to the song’s choruses. Culminating in ominous key arrangements and overlapping vocal harmonies, between Bryant and Shontay, it’s an opener that’ll have Saviour fans feeling at home. Reshape Me adds a mid 2000’s hardcore bounce, which feels more akin to the early origins of metalcore when bands where really coming out of the wave of post-hardcore, whilst Racing Home really display’s the group’s new use of three vocalists in its soaring opening and brutal breakdown.
Considering Shine & Fade is album number five, it feels odd that as a group, Saviour still quite often gets mistaken for up and comers. After its release, Shine & Fade will shatter that misconception, with it highlighting once and for all that Saviour are masters of their craft.
Modern Curse really allows for lead vocalist Bryant Best to shine, with his interesting mix vocal tones adding such powerful emphasis to the track’s staggered riffs and rhythmic patterns. As does Black Rosary, which sees Best shine as his for his gravelled vocals hit home alongside the songs slower tempo. Bringing it home is Wishing Well, which will be sure to resonate well live due to it hardcore drumbeats, rapid guitar licks and hooky chorus. Considering Shine & Fade is album number five, it feels odd that as a group, Saviour still quite often gets mistaken for up and comers. After its release, Shine & Fade will shatter that misconception, with it highlighting once and for all that Saviour are masters of their craft.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Younger, Tidal Wave, Racing Home
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