Creating a red hot tempest of post-hardcore, alternative rock, and punk, US band 20 Days In offer an impressive and thrilling encounter through their new EP Align Explode, a release which is eclectic in influences and sound whilst igniting a fire of sonic enterprise to light up the passions. The band have created a strikingly skilled and crafted piece of invention which echoes essences from the likes of Circa Survive, Tool, Every Time I Die, and Dance Gavin Dance, whilst shouting louder with a voice which seems seeded in the inspiration of At The Drive In.
Formed in 2012, the Philadelphia-based quintet of Ty Cates (vocals), Matt Yates (guitar), Matt Runkle (guitar), Brad Richardson (drums), and Ryan McCreary (bass), have attempted to forge an innovative sound within what they saw and many will agree was an increasingly stagnant post-hardcore presence for the genre. The new release for all its apparent influences certainly stands as something apart from most, its open adventure making for a distinct and inspiring companion for the listener. Available through Painted Ox Records the five track release is an undoubtedly accomplished and stylish encounter with a raw edge surrounding a controlled imaginative heart.
Starting with the intense breath and vibrant heat of Junkyard the EP is an immediately engaging encounter, the sonic scorching and sharp shape to the guitar melodies, as well as the excellent vocals of Cates, a heated enticement and fluid temper to the bruising rhythms and aggressive energy. The invention of Yates and Runkle is magnetic with as much subtlety and intelligent evolution as the ferocity the pair also impart upon the senses alongside the continually heavy bass tones and thumping beats is an exceptional combination.
Clouds and Something In The Blood continue the impressive start with ease, the second especially leaving one drenched in satisfaction with its inciting passion and startling spectrum of intensity and imagination. Vocally the band merge a strong clean delivery with harsh squalls to great effect, the union matching the array of tension and sonic fervency surrounding them, neither overpowering the other when driving the song side by side.
Denial envelopes the ear with a slower more restrained touch whilst keeping the passionate ardency at maximum. It is a thoughtful and emotive embrace which loosens its reserve the further its heart opens up its impassioned intent making the perfect lead to the closing might of Deafish. The song is a sizzling brew of muscular rhythms and invigorating enterprise, its unpredictable and feverish imagination in songwriting and its realisation, a stunning richness of evocative textures and expanding depths. In a release which is nothing less than hard to rival post hardcore invention and creativity the track stands above the other quartet of songs.
Offering something refreshing and bordering on ground breaking, 20 Days In have brought a new spark to a genre. The future is looking very promising for them and us.
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