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Review: From Embers – From Embers (EP)

Read our thoughts on Manchester’s From Embers and their debut EP release!

Band: From Embers
Release: From Embers (EP)
Release Date: Out Now

Describing themselves as “a bunch of mentalists”, From Embers are a five-piece post-hardcore band from Manchester. After sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in the UK rock scene including Deaf Havana, Young Guns and Yashin, the band have already built up a loyal fan base. It was about time they released their highly anticipated debut EP.

Kicking straight into a mix of pounding drums, riffs that will give you a neck ache within seconds and roaring vocals, From Embers start on a high. The surprising twist of clean vocals gives it that extra edge, giving the band a memorable sound. Covering everything from melodics to a booming breakdown, the band have swooped in and ticked every box in the ‘cool music’ category. ‘Crash & Burn’ will tear your house apart, and if you don’t do it, someone else will!

Next up, ‘I’ve Never Been Better’ features more melodic sections including a soothing break from the metal madness. Of course, that is until the build up explodes back into the extremely catchy chorus. Astonishing tracks like this pop two thoughts into mind. One, how is this their first EP? They should definitely be so much bigger by now! Two, it’s no wonder they’ve supported such great acts. It’s songs like this that captivate a crowd. Although a bit simpler than the first track, it’s certainly more attractive and grabbing. It’s going to be on repeat at least three times, so get over it.

‘Silence’ is like the surprise present you had no idea about on your birthday. Every band has to have a ‘slow one’ and this is it. Starting off a little shaky, it’s a bit hit and miss. The first part certainly has room for improvement as it doesn’t fit the usual traits of a hardcore slow track – possibly a bit too clean? But soon enough, From Embers return with their enchanting sound and the added bonus of female vocals from Jenna Clare (Leopards) before growing into a soothing mix of distorted roars and soaring vocals. This is one big thumbs up.

The final track on the EP (yes, it’s a shame this is where it ends) starts off again quite calmly. Twangy guitars and fresh vocals have always been a match made in heaven. When they build into heavy, growling and beastly riffs, it’s like heaven covered in chocolate sauce. And sprinkles. Basically, b-e-a-utiful. ‘Sorry No Returns (Get Back On Your Knees)’ progresses between powerful guitars, melodic vocals and hardcore craziness. Sounding a bit like Architects in some places, it’s sure to be a winner.

A four track EP is just not enough. From Embers need to kick their butts into action and give us more! A final growl of ‘F*** You!’ is more of an invitation than a send off. This self titled release is a great mix of everything good about music. Look out for these guys, they’re going to be huge.

8/10

Reviewer: Jasmine Sevette

 

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