Album: Bow To Me
Release Date: 6th November, 2017
Label: Self Released
Review by John
‘Bow To Me’, the new EP from Midlands metallers XVII explodes into life as lead single ‘Shatter The Waves’ gets underway with a burst of pure fury.
Crunching, fast paced guitars are the order of the day, as a multi vocal sound is used to great effect to create a dark, heavy and atmospheric opener built on sheer anger. It’s a track with plenty of hooks that suck the listener in, and gets the EP off to a good start.
The momentum doesn’t quite carry forward into title track ‘Bow To Me’. It starts well enough, with a pounding beat married to an infectious groove and snarling vocals. However, the band then employ a melodic clean vocal style which took me out of the track slightly. ‘Bow To Me’ is by no means a bad song, and there is plenty to enjoy in there. It’s just that, for me, the melodic sections seem slightly detached from the rest of the track. That said, when it is good, it is very good, and the mid section which leads into a moody solo is a particular highlight.
Fortunately, after the slightly fractured sound of ‘Bow To Me’, things end on a high with the ferocious sound of ‘Scorned‘. Heavy on emotion but never compromising in terms of anger and energy, there is, initially, an almost gothic edge to the track. With a slightly slower sound, it serves as a fine showcase for the diversity on offer. As it climaxes on a wave of angry recrimination, ‘Scorned’ is possibly the perfect way to bring the curtain down on an impressive release.
With plenty of variety across just three tracks,and putting aside my minor misgivings about the title track, ‘Bow To Me’ is a real statement of intent from XVII, and one that is well worth checking out.
1. Shatter The Waves
2. Bow To Me
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