This past week saw the reboot of the self-titled debut EP from Welsh rockers In Requiem, a rousing and fiercely dynamic proposal which all those who missed out the first time should take a good look at. Offering five slices of the band’s alternative rock sound which has already lured comparisons to the likes of 30 Seconds to Mars, Avenged Sevenfold, Muse, and Rob Zombie, the returning encounter is a collusion of meaty riffs, robust rhythms, and anthemic dexterity wrapped in melodic flames. Maybe not always as unique as it might be but persistently compelling from start to finish, the EP shows a band with a very potent future in its grasp.
Formed in 2014 and consisting of brothers Adam (vocals) and Owen Fear (guitar), Grant Roberts (bass), and Lee Cottey (drums), In Requiem has earned a potent reputation with a live presence which has seen them play across South Wales exhaustingly and shine at numerous festivals backed by a couple of well-received singles, all before the EP caught attention first time around. Now the band is looking to spark national attention with its adventurous body, and as opener and previous single Shelter (Save me) involves ears it is not hard to see success coming the way of the Pontypridd foursome.
The track instantly consumes the senses in a barrage of thumping beats and hungry riffs as a sonic wave scythes across the formidable introduction. Things expand and relax as melodies and keys get involved, mellowing further as the warm tones of Adam caress ears before the spicy enterprise of Owen rises in league with imagination again. With fiercer blazes interspersed amongst the calmer moments of persuasion, the track persistently and skilfully ebbs and flows across the senses, sparking a swift appetite for the band’s style of rock ‘n’ roll.
It is an intrigue and hunger fed further by the surging presence of Cope. Again guitars drive a start demanding attention, though taking a less forceful tact as keys and bass collude in a swinging stroll guided by the increasingly impressive tones and expression of Adam. At times spiky and in other moments gently flirtatious, the track hits the spot, eclipsing its predecessor with ease as the band’s imagination further blossoms. It is invention which seems to become bolder song by song, The Beast Inside building its infectious character upon wiry grooves and boisterous rhythms draped in warm harmonies. A nagging hook only adds to the lure of the song, its slightly darker edge just another catchy enticement in league with a spicy solo.
The EP is completed by firstly the volatile storm of Broken, the band again masterfully combining light and warm, dark and heavy textures in one fluid roar as tender and emotionally reflective as it is explosive and sonically insistent. Its successor, Holy Hands, ensures the EP ends on a high though without the same spark as those tracks before it. Nevertheless, the song pulsates with the In Requiem’s sound and inventiveness, holding ears and attention with infectious dexterity if missing the final bite that marks other tracks within the EP.
Grabbing a second chance to explore In Requiem is an easy recommendation; the band maybe not change your world but they will certainly give it something fresh to enthuse over with their debut EP.
In Requiem’s self-titled debut EP is out now through all platforms and @ http://inrequiem.bigcartel.com/product/in-requiem-ep
Pete RingMaster 15/09/2016
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