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Review: In Search Of Solace – Consciousness

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Genre(s): Metalcore/Progressive

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Review by Adriana.

The band of the week is In Search of Solace, coming at us with their debut EP Consciousness which was released in July of 2014. ISOS wastes no time and immediately kicks off with a strong opening in the song Northern Lights. Just when you jump in the pit, a climatic bridge leads you to a sing­ing section that is reminiscent of early Of Mice & Men. Don’t get too upset, remember the quick and adrenaline ­filled opening? It returns.

All fun aside, this EP seems to be a combination of the bands Of Divinity, Aversions Crown, Of Mice & Men, and even Breakdown of Sanity. None of these bands have a direct or exact influence on the sound, but elements can be heard. For example, the song Consciousness has an atmospheric section that was as if I were floating in the galaxy. One guitarist plays a nice fuzzy yet crunchy riff while the other guitarist plays sweet sustaining high notes that seem to reverberate and it makes your mind drift away, just as Aversions Crown songs do. ISOS’s song Hands also have the out­-of­-this­-world guitar duality about half way into the song.

Moving on to the vocals, the vocalist has a raw sound that isn’t filled with hate or aggression, yet isn’t sunshine and daisies. It has the raw angst of Austin Carlile and the melodic voicing of Garret Rapp; a pretty sweet combination in my opinion. The drums go along well with each song. Bass kicks follow every chug, different cymbals are used in each song so as not to sound repetitive or dull, and fills that build up to mosh ­worthy breakdowns. and ends even better. The final song on the EP, (De)humanization, is a high energy song that will virtually place you in a concert. It features nice riffs and sick breakdowns, what more could you ask? It is my favorite song off the EP for its ruthless intro and outro.

What I really like about this EP is that you can hear the bass; it is often inaudible so I was definitely glad to hear it. Bass players matter too ya know! Consciousness was a fun listen from start to finish; I did not find myself bored or irritated at any point. I see ISOS going far, hopefully releasing EP’s enjoyable as this one in the future.

Rating: 7.3/10

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  • Tetra on

    Really bad review, no technical terms used, terrible grammar, and even wrong usage of word in times. This reviewer is so, so disappointing compared to your Facebook page.


  • Andriana on

    I apologize. The next review will be better and will be revised.


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