Release Radar #44

We’re on number 44 already, so let’s look at this week’s releases.

Illuminate- As Within,So Without

Illuminate- As Within,So Without

Opening with electronic effects, the band quickly kicks in with grunting vocals, fast guitars and hard-hitting drums. The chorus opens with bouncy guitars before adding clean vocals, flowing back in to djenting and grunting at the end. The song slowly fades out with a piano forming the main instrumentation.

Lyrically the song describes a feeling of being stuck in the motion, with every flowing past yourself.

What I like about this song are the grunting intros, and the heavy guitar filled breaks.

What You Need- Happy Hour

What You Need- Happy Hour

Starting with piano and vocals, slowly builds to the chorus, adding more vocalists and an instrumentation consisting of drums and guitar. The second verse gets softer just like the opening, but quickly flows back into the chorus. The bridge goes with harsher vocals and heavier guitar but contrasts by going back to the piano at the end. One last chorus is played and the song ends on a soft note.

Lyrically the song talks about depression and describes it as falling into a hole, while misery takes you. 

What I like about this song is how the band mixes the emotional subject matter with upbeat guitars.

Tourniquet – Sincere Engineer

Tourniquet – Sincere Engineer

Opening with acoustic guitar, Deanna her vocals slowly flow into the song, as some electric guitar is added. Contrasting the soft introduction to second part of the song goes with a louder instrumentation consisting of drums and guitar. Bass and drum instrumentals, mixed with guitar mark the end of the song.

Lyrically the song talks about hart-break and describing as bleeding out.

What I like about this song is the contrast between the opening of the song and the end going from soft acoustic to all out.

Forever Fifteen – Mothica

Forever Fifteen – Mothica

Starting off with electronic effects, the song introduces darker bass, guitar, and vocals. The chorus adds an electronic vibe to the instrumentation. The second verse keeps with the electronics and focuses more on  the vocals. A second chorus gives a darker vibe on the intro, but also adds back some electric guitar. Getting more into the vocals on the bridge, the song quickly flows back to one last chorus. 

Lyrically the song deals with a dark and personal subject matter, as it tells the story of Mothica her attempted suicide at the age of 15.

What I like about this song is the vocal talent of Mothica and the raw edge she has to her voice. Furthermore, there is the courage it must have taken to write the lyrics of the song. 

Sieze the Power – YONAKA

Sieze the Power – YONAKA

Kicking in with pounding drums and electronic effects, the song introduces spoken word vocals during the first verse, before switching to sung vocals on the chorus. Getting back to the spoken word on the second verse, the song again switches on the chorus. The bridge makes use of more electronic effects and also marks the end of the song.

Lyrically the song talks about working on yourself and “Sieze the Power”

What I like about this song is the changing of singing vocals to a more spoken work sound, and the quick electronic beats/stumps that can be heard throughout the song.

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