Leeds metalcore band After The Departure, have recently released their brand new EP of the same name.
The EP’s introduction begins with Premonition. It begins with a fast techno style tune, creating a sort of space-like feel. However, it’s when the screaming comes in when the track really takes off. It’s a shame it’s a short track, but it works well as an introduction as it hypes the listener up for the rest of the EP.
Following, is Clarity, which dives right in with its pure hardcore sound. It follows up well from the last track, and would definitely be something to headbang or mosh to during a gig if you felt like it. I also like the certain parts of the track, where it spotlights the guitar riffs for a couple of seconds, before continuning. It really shows their talent with guitar riffs.
Next up is another headbanger, The North. However, unlike before, there’s deeper screams and more clean vocals. Whereas before when the band showed their talent with the guitar, this time they show it with their vocals. It’s always good to have skills in both high and deep screaming vocals, and this track proves that perfectly.
Next up is All Hail The Prom Queen. This time, the track begins smooth and slowly, followed by a choir, but it isn’t long before that dies, and the real track begins. What I like most about this track is the vengeful-feel to it, especially with the lines “What you did to me, what I’ll do to you. It didn’t have to be this way” I also like how the track slows down at one point, as if to give you a small break from all that headbanging, before starting up again. Gotta give your neck a rest at some point.
Next, we have Decadance. All I can say for this is that it’ll be perfect for a mosh pit. That, and the clean vocals particularly shine well with this one.
The EP ends with Fairytale of a Digital Age, which is probably my favourite out of all of them. While the other tracks have more screaming than clean, this one has an equal amount for both and they both mix together really well. I also love the guitar solo at 1:44. I think it could have used a bit more techno, considering the title of the track, but it’s still my favourite regardless, and it makes a great finish to the EP.
After the Departure’s EP is available on Youtube, so I’d give it a listen, especially if you love metalcore and want something new to headbang to.