I’m sure most of us can agree that 2016 has been a terrible year, for a lot of reasons.
But, with this year soon coming to an end, many of us anticipate what 2017 will hold for us. There’s a couple of things to look forward to, and that includes Saviour’s brand new album Let Me Leave.
I must say that I haven’t heard any new melodic hardcore material this year (or at least haven’t been aware of any), so this was certainly a pleasant surprise.
The first track is titled April, which is instantly a beautiful track the second you hear it. It starts out with a rather strange, yet folorn kind of melody, which together creates a beautiful result. However, just a minute in and the track suddenly changes from soft and desolate to thundering guitars, drums and screaming vocals – all while the original vocalist sings in the background. Both styles go together very well overall. I’d describe it as a track that will have moments of quiet melancholy, before breaking down dramatically.
Another track worth mentioning is The Quiet Calm, which is slightly different than April in terms of rhythm, instrumentals and vocals. Not completely, however. But what I mean is that we have strings added to the instrumentals, and during one particular moment in the track, the screaming vocalist talks. It also has what I believe are metaphors for dealing with depression, particularly with the line “When did my angels become my demons?” That may not be the case, but that’s what I think when I hear those lines.
Next up is Pressures and Composure, Saviour’s only released single from this album. Saviour commented that they believe this track is relatable. They say, in their own words, “It has a lot to do with what you want your life to be and the pressures around you that can make it feel like there’s no way of acheiving that.” Well, they’re not wrong on that, and taking a listen myself, I understand exactly where they’re coming from. Listen to the lines “They said the world was mine to conquer, then why does it feel like it’s conquering me?”, and you’ll see what I mean.
And finally, we have The Cool Calm, which is much slower-paced than the last tracks and doesn’t have any screaming vocals this time. It very much lives up to the title.
Overall, I’ve really enjoyed listening to this album. It’s beautiful, melodic and dramatic, and I’m very much fond of it. Perhaps next year will be promising after all.