For Fans Of: The Browning, Myka Relocate, Evergreen Terrace
I had a chance to see Honour Crest live and man; I loved their set not to mention they’re pretty cool guys to talk with. I’ve seen this band literally evolve into the band they are today. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t impressed with “Spilled Ink”, it was definitely an album that made their discography light up brighter than it already did. It was also a surprise to see these gentlemen get picked up by Rise Records, that just means their dreams are slowly becoming a reality. “Spilled Ink” was definitely an album that would look good in any djent fans collection, production could be fixed up a bit but other than that this is an album worth listening too. I’d have to say in honesty that previous Honour Crest albums weren’t as good as “Spilled Ink” but this album still doesn’t show the full force this band could go with their music, I can see them going in a great direction with this album and I have no doubts the next one is going to be their best work yet if they keep going in the direction they are. One thing I really liked about his album was how powerful the screams were, they were powerful on previous releases but on this one , it sounds like the screamer was holding in so many demons… and he finally let them all out in the studio. A few songs that stand out on this album would have to be, “Spilled Ink”, “Glaciers”, “Allergen”, “The Further”, and “Undertow”. “Spilled Ink” the first song, the album titled song, and your first taste of djent goodness. When I first heard “Spilled Ink” as the single off the album, I was seriously impressed. This band started from the bottom now they’re mid-way to success. “Glaciers”, Honour Crest sort of toned down a bit… for a few seconds anyway! “Glaciers” is one of my favorites on the album I feel like we get a little bit more from Honour Crest on this song and more vocal styles than a few. Which is another thing I noticed while listening to this album a few times, both vocalist tend to experiment with their range, and sound which gave more force to the album, and also did something for the more emotional songs on the album. “Allergen”, my favorite song off the album and well, my favorite Honour Crest song. This song had those catchy clean vocal parts mixed with those spine chilling screams fused together with those heart-pounding breakdowns. Honour Crest has a lot to offer to the music scene if they’re given the chance to prove their worth. “Allergen” has lyrics that can be related too pretty well which is just another plus for this song. The lyrics “Was it everything that you thought that it would be? Are those the words that you wanted to hear from me? I can’t remember the last time you were content with yourself And Honestly, I know what you’re looking for I have it all You want it all You can’t keep expecting so much from me This is what I’ve been trying to tell you, All right from the start.” That whole verse/line was packed full of emotion that you can hear right in the vocalist voice which only did wonders for this album, and this band I would definitely like to see another song like “Allergen” maybe a better one on the next release. “The Further” definitely a ender song to spice up the ending on “Spilled Ink”, one of heavier songs I might add as well. I really like this song for the clean vocals, those were definitely a strong point to the song along with the guitar play. Honour Crest is spot on with instrument play, they just need a bit more spice to go along with the drums! “Undertow”, and finally the last song on this “djentle” album, and man does Honour Crest end it off with a bang. My problem with “Undertow” is that It’s short it could have definitely been a bit longer, but the melodies on the song are just… glorious and makes the hype for the next album so real. I really want to see these boys go a long way in their careers because they definitely deserve every mile they’re going to be going.
Cleans: The cleans had some good styles here and there and you could definitely feel the emotion that is trying to give off in the clean vocals. Which is really impressive to say the least and I think this was sown in previous releases but not as well as “Spilled Ink”
Screams: the screamer gives off more emotion than the clean vocalist, at some points it sounds like they’re trying to compete with each other which only made the song more interesting to be completely honest. One thing I enjoyed about the screamer is that his styles always were on point, even live when he switched styles he did I so perfectly, it takes some serious skill to pull that off.
Instruments: the only issue with the instruments is that the drums don’t have the same spice he guitars do, I feel like they could have done some serious unique things with the drum play if they wanted but that wasn’t the case sadly, maybe next time.
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