In a still particularly indecisive society, metalcore falls under the ‘I don’t like it’ category, but Rugby-based quintet Wars don’t seem to care and have released a thunderous new album to prove this.
‘We Are Islands, After All’ is the first full album the band have released after a series of three EPs, but it sounds as if they have been in the industry for years. Tracks such as ‘That By Discord Things Increase’ and ‘Sciamachy Scenes’ sound similar to that of Southampton’s Creeper who found fame through their 2016 EP, which makes listeners question whether there is a new blueprint for this type of music.
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With lyrics like “Can I promise you I’ll carry on, or am I simply wired wrong?” from their single ‘That By Discord Things Increase – ft. Colin Doran’, there is no doubt that this album falls under the stereotypical ideals of the metalcore industry, emotion and angst. This works for and against the band, as although fans of the genre hold these ideals close to their heart, a certain amount of individuality is expected, without this it’s just another metalcore album from just another metalcore band, and Wars are falling worryingly close to this category.
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This band will no doubt build a reasonably wide fan base within the genre due to the good looks of lead vocalist Rob Vicars, and the tight instrumentation of the rest of the band – giving them the ingredients for a potentially successful career, whether it will be a long one is still in the realms of speculation though.
Overall, this is a good example of a strong metalcore album. It isn’t perfect, the song names can be particularly ominous and it doesn’t necessarily give an original view of the genre, but it gives a fairly good view of what’s already out there.