One could argue that the hard rock genre over the past decade has been at its strongest and with new bands appearing on every street corner will carry on staying at that intensity for a long time to come. From the various subgenres of it and bands like Nickelback, Creed and Hinder through to the new breed like Our Innocence Lost and The Ourz, not forgetting the return of The Darkness, as much as we try, fans have been spoilt and had a feast this past decade. Now there is another band to firmly add to the new breed camp and they are One Day Remains from Bradford, UK.
The quartet consisting of Liam Jarvis on vocals, guitarist Andy Ledder, and Jord Doherty and Daz Brearton, bass and drums respectively, have just released their debut EP The Agony Is Abated showing they are a force to watch closely and to listen to intently. Consisting of a trio of tracks it is an inspiring collection of songs that shows a distinct ability to write and create melodic and heavy music that is passionate and emotive.
The band is becoming renowned for their very lively shows and though the EP does not portray the franticness of their gigs it does clearly reproduce the intensity. Their sound recalls the likes of Alter Bridge, where maybe or maybe not the band’s name comes from, Seether , and Staind, though One Day Remains carry a power often missing in those bands.
Opening track ‘The Reason’ immediately sets the tone with commanding basslines and forceful drums whilst Ledder’s guitar is soulful and probing in equal measure. The vocals of Jarvis brings home the emotion of the words cleanly and impressively, never forced but a flowing part of the song, there is no sense there is a star in the band and that all stand equally in contribution and prowess.
The impressive quality is continued into the second track ‘Try’ with the same set up of stirring riffs, especially the surging metal one that leaps out from time to time, and eager melodies. The song is a neat blend of metal and hard rock in places and at one point was almost moshable, if one rushed. As previously mentioned the band is a shared four way unit but it has to be said the guitar of Ledder is especially impressive on this track.
‘Broken Lies’ closes the EP, a slow ballad paced track that is powerful for its emotion though against the previous two tracks slips a level, but that is more down to personal taste as certainly the song is a well constructed and presented piece of music and words.
The Agony Is Abated EP is an impressive debut for a band that will easily become a friend to more and more ears over the months ahead. The only criticism that could be levelled at it is the similarity across the tracks but in many ways that is clutching at straws for something to level against it and with the songs being this strong for a first release One Day Remains has a more than promising future ahead.
To steal a closing line from the band themselves ”… Spread the word, One Day Remains…”
Pete RingMaster 28/06/2011