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Echoes: The Pursuit

This is a rather challenging new release, mostly because the vocals almost relentlessly work against the rest of the music. It's not exactly that the vocals are bad; it's that they express emotion in a very different way than the rest of the material. Whereas the band is engaged in post-metal guitars and effects, the vocalist comes across as too raw, too emotional, and too rough. It's too bad; the lyrics struck me as quite introspective, even insightful. The presentation, however, needs variety. I don't think this album requires polish, but it does require a bit of variety, a means of shaking up the uneven balance that gets struck here for nearly an hour. There are some pretty good moments here—I especially enjoyed the clear and distinctive guitar tones—but by the end, things have already been dragging for quite a while.

Track Listing:
1. Empty Lungs
2. Leaving None Behind
3. The Pursuit
4. Honour Lost
5. Rivers
6. For What It's Worth
7. Wooden Hearts
8. Safe it Seems
9. Navigate
10. See & Believe

Added: September 18th 2014
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
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Echoes: The Pursuit
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2014-09-18 14:05:38
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There's no doubt a wealth of talent & promise to be heard on the debut from UK post-metal act Echoes, titled The Pursuit. This five piece is quite adept at fluctuating between edgy, often time brutal post-rock/hardcore styled bombast and more introspective, almost proggy atmospherics, but it's the latter that provides the more compelling moments on The Pursuit. Vocally, Joshua Thurbin just doesn't add anything new that you haven't heard before from any number of hardcore, sludge, metalcore, or post rock bands in recent years, his harsh bellowing, screaming, and screaming rarely varying or offering anything other than a generic stamp to these otherwise very finely crafted songs. Musically, there are moments of crushing brutality, but more often than not the shimmering guitars & intoxicating rhythms just sweep you away like a heavier version of what Anathema has been doing in recent years, the melodies tugging at your soul and providing though provoking aural passages for your senses. "For What It's Worth" is especially engaging, as the twin guitar attack of Angus Cadden & Karl Koch swirl & weave around each other in magical times you'll think you are hearing multiple keyboards, but it's these two really crafting some beautiful soundscapes. When the arrangements call for thunder, they can deliver that too, but it's the more haunting passages that really work. Unfortunately, until Thurbin offers something different in his delivery, that aspect is going to keep holding these guys back. With perhaps some melodic vocal passages thrown in, or simply more variety on the extreme side of things, this band could be a monster.

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