INITIALLY a rare beacon in the floundering metalcore scene, this Brighton quintet hit the wall following 2009’s excellent Hollow Crown, and have spent subsequent releases struggling to break free from the stagnant masses.
The good news for fans is that this sixth LP is the strongest they’ve managed in that period, but in succumbing to familiar breakdown cliches and instinctive chugging it’s still one that’s begging for a spark.
Proficient in execution, the end result is above average; yet with little variation both musically and in Sam Carter’s vocals, it’s also interchangeable with about 1,000 other bands doing practically the same thing.
Worse still, their apparent reluctance (or inability?) to adapt makes a future upturn seem all the more improbable. 6/10. AW