Tom Armstrong – Vocals
Jake Kershaw – Guitarist
Daniel Drowley – Guitarist
David Lawson- Bassist
Rhys Alexander – Drums
Holy f#$k I am not quite sure what the hell I just listened too! And I say that in the absolute best possible way. Earthbound have delivered an EP that is so technical in its instrumental delivery that my mind is completely blown.
Taking their inspiration from their favourite video games Earthbound have created, for me, a sonic masterpiece. This 4 track EP is right up there in my top 10 releases this year. The concept of using storylines from video games vs what these guys have created boggles my brain (too many tabs opened!)
Gamers familiar with the story lines will be able to relate the clues in the lyrics back to the video games. While us non gamers will still be reeling from the sonic explosions to our eardrums before we even start to delve deeper into the songs.
Earthbound appear to have pushed every boundary to the very edge on this release. The boys have proven just why they are a force to be reckoned with in the progressive metalcore realm.
Evergreen is a piece of work that needs to be slowly consumed song by song. My biggest tip is to whack some headphones on and find a comfy spot when you listen to this so you can fully immerse yourself in the moment. (As a side note you could probably just stare at the amazing cover artwork while you are there to complete the experience.) There is so much happening on every single track that each listen brings another surprise. Manically heavy drumlines, technical riffs and hooks, bass breaks, catchy chorus’s and groovy melodies…. Add to that some cheeky chugs, slides and quieter moments where you can briefly catch your breath! And all of that is before you add Tom’s vocals, which I didn’t think could get any better…wrong again!!
Honestly, I just want gigs to return to see this played live so I can watch these boys in action. This EP has something for everyone and if you’re a musician looking for some inspiration then this is where you’re going to find it.
There’s a line from Eden that simply says ‘You will know my name’ after listening to Evergreen that seems to have taken on a prophetic meaning!!
Evergreen is out tomorrow on all the usual platforms.