Sometimes whilst listening to a band you just sense and get a hint of something special, even if the release or track you are in companionship with has yet to discover that unique element. That is definitely the case with UK metalcore band Her Dying Regret, though as their new Legacy EP shows that suggestion is much more than a hint or mild whisper. The second release from the Reading sextet is a stirring and exciting encounter which declares the band as one still in evolution but with such promise in their impressive release that you cannot stop thinking and assuming that this is a band poised to break into something quite magnificent.
Legacy follows an equally impressive debut in The Siren EP which came out last year. Its successor though shows a big step forward in maturity and invention whilst as mentioned showing this is still just a step in their progression rather than a statement of content. Consisting of vocalists Scott London and Tom Melville, coarse and clean respectively, guitarists Craig Mayor and Dan Osborne, bassist Ed Bujakowski, and drummer Tom Cox, Her Dying Regret has equally impressed since their first release with their live performances earning themselves a strong reputation and eager following, the sharing of stages with the likes of Entropic Tide, If Heroes Shall Fail and Fight For Tonight only enhancing their reputation. Undoubtedly Legacy is their finest moment to date and you can only assume the trigger to another influx of acclaim and passionate new followers.
From the evocative and nicely composed and sculpted if slightly underwhelming instrumental of Intro, the EP bursts into stirring life with Ashes. The track immediately falls upon the ear with thumping rhythms and eagerly enticing riffs and sonic caresses whilst the vocals of London squall with passionate intent and might across their bows. Another shift of intensity beckons as the track finds a more savage eye balling for the senses, gruelling riffs and scything beats compelling and the melodic persuasion emerging around the caustic attack magnetically tempting. The chorus has a certain familiarity to it as the melodic charms of Melville add their appealing narrative, but not a flavour which dismisses or defuses the potency of the song. It is a striking and riveting full start to the EP which has an appetite grinning greedily for what is to come, and a hunger which is only accelerated by the djent twisted guitar stabs and richly hued vocals of both extremes..
The following All Judge, No Jury takes a run at the ear from a distance, building up its intensity to unveil a tempest of vocal ferocity and rhythmic maliciousness upon again impressively enterprising guitar work. Holding a definitely more rapacious attitude than its predecessor with ‘gang’ chants raging in its background at times, the track has a serpentine malice to it but wrapped in an absorbing and infectious melodic venture which evokes the imagination and emotions. Not as virulently gripping as the previous song it still draws in strong and keen attention even with the slightly clunky switch to a tender melodic aside at its close.
The Shallow takes little prompting to ignite those earlier and still alive passions, its start a restrained stroll which waits for ear and thoughts to settle before swiping their peace with deliciously twisted grooves and torrentially brawling acidic vocals. The return of clean vocals, absent on the song before, adds another dimension to the track and it has to be said the union of both impressive vocalists is as major a lure as the skill and sounds of the rest of the band. The track leaps from idea to idea with craft and fluidity; intrigue a constant leash to keep expectations at bay. It is probably fair to say that there is not much strikingly new at large on song and EP but in the hands of the band and their imagination, familiar charms and weapons are given a new and invigorating lease of life.
The title track next sparks the passions, antagonistic breath coated vocals and virulent grooves raging but tempered by the ever excellent clean attack of Melville. The song only confirms that this is one of the most impressive vocal pairings around today, not only in presentation but use of where and when they stand and rub off each other’s strengths. Musically the song has a menace and dramatic adventure which once more triggers the imagination to add its own premise and flavouring to the extensively hued narrative of the sounds.
The Last Lie is an instant flow on from the previous song Legacy, another confrontation which lashes the ear with insidiously venomous vocals and threatening riffs skirted by equally merciless rhythms. It is a tremendous challenge but one which only excels further as the melodic and clean vocals explore shadows before subsequently those dark aspects fight back with a predatory and stylishly addictive rabidity. To its end the song is like a battle between both extremes, but a bruising union where both know they need and feed on each other.
The release is concluded by The Filthy Truth, a song which is more of the pleasing same in its creative and aggressive intentions but just fails to get a grip on the levels previously set, though it is still leaves hunger for the band raging. Legacy is an excellent release, a provocation which gets better with each listen as you discover more within its thoughtful textures, and the next impressive marker on the rise of a very promising and exciting band.
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