Core has become somewhat of a confused terminology of late. Originating from describing terms for the newly burgeoning Metal scene in the USA. Thrash was the term popularised for the west coast metal bands such as Metallica and Slayer. While core was used for the east coast bands like Black Flag, Suicidal Tendencies and some even count Pantera. These 2 new scenes had stylistic differences too, core leaning more towards groove with a punk influence, and thrash towards a more straight edged fast pace.
Over the years the terminology has been skewed however they are still valid descriptors.
Storm The Shores is definitely a hardcore influenced metal band…
Having previously spoken to the band about their material, I know they are all too aware of being caught in the current labeling war that seems to have beset the local scene as of late, and thus getting placed in the shadows of Aussie giants Parkway Drive. As much as they are conscious of not trying not to fall into this trap, I have to say that for me however, they do to some extent. I say this is not a negative, but a positive. They are the first band I have personally come across locally who actually do stand steadfast in the trail blazed by Aussie hardcore heroes Parkway Drive. To me it comes across as though Storm The Shores have a similar ethic to their song-man-ship. Groove, intensity, power and melody. This is what good hardcore stands for and these are things STS deliver in spades.
I have to say that I have had the pleasure of witnessing the professionalism and intensity of STS‘s live show… but, would this successfully translate to disc?
From the moment this monumental 8 track EP, Maybe Some Day, opens with it’s intro track, you know you are in for the goods! Right away I am struck by the quality of the recording. Jarrad Beavis and Mark James’ guitars sound tight, phat and well defined. Both Michael Matta‘s drums and Mark Yarnold‘s bass are nicely articulated and sit well in the mix. Adrian Piggott‘s vocals sound fantastic on this release. Powerful, commanding, they sound very nice sitting snugly on top of the band. Kudos must go to Matt Gerber at Fat Pig records for pulling a great mix.
Bailout, sets up what you are in for on this disc. The band opening with a fast paced melodic, arpeggio, groove verse, Aido Piggott proclaims ‘I’ve felt the salty air on my skin a thousand times before. Seems like a life ago. With every breath, With every mile that passes by, I know I am heading home.’ with this release I believe he spins a tale of trial and triumph.
By Three Bean Mix, you are clearly aware that while the band provides goods rise and fall, tension and release. There is also always a strong focus on making sure to always keep coming back to those big melodies and uptempo grooves. In fact as I sit here and listen to this great disc yet again, it dawns upon me the maturity of not only the song writing but also on track arrangement for the disc. It is obvious there was a conscious thought put into the track listing to create sufficient tension and release with the disc as a whole. Three Bean Mix is the tension to Survivalist‘s release. Survivalist is a predominantly very up-beat epic almost positive melodic based track. However the band very cleverly weave their way through it til finally finishing leaving you buy the end of the track and the disc with a feeling of tension again. It is like the ‘….to be continued’ on your favorite TV show. It leaves you wanting more and craving the next release. Very smart decision fellas.
All in all this is a very professional release that is well presented, sounds awesome and as previously stated, leaves you wanting more. For people that like their metal/core hard and heavy, yet melodic and up beat. This is a release definitely worth checking out and a band to keep an eye on.
For more about the band check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Stormtheshores