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Boundaries – Your Receding Warmth

Boundaries
Your Receding Warmth
by "Der Bärtige Mann" Gareth Beams at 13 November 2020, 2:53 PM

Introducing a Metal band from Connecticut, BOUNDARIES. This is their first full-length album out. Following the releases of three EP’s in the past four years. Let's hear what the guys have got for us.

Is Survived By” starts with a solid tempo, aggressive approach running well. The vocals produce old school PARKWAY DRIVE vibes. The instrumentalists could do with picking up the pace up to match the intensity. It’s a good start without exploding into the sounds that were possible, it’s a builder song.

Fade Away” continues the heavy riffs, almost Sludge style mixing in. The vocals are once again the driving force in the song. The song still feels like the instrumentalists aren’t quite at the level they should be, not expansive or explosive enough. It’s a similar approach to the initial song. It could have been so much more.

Carve” going in positive from the instrumental melodies here. The issue here is that it repeats the same traits as the previous sog. This could be an issue down to a newly formed band still working out how they can expand things, that will come with time. The talent is there, they just need to ignite it.

My Strength” allows the tempo to increase within the instrumental melodies to a certain point, but they are still off their peak. The song is set to a more controllable pace, so it doesn’t run away with any vocal intensity. It's only a short song, so it has no real way of expanding properly.

Get Out” keeps up the good pace still, they are progressing this well. The intensity in this song grows within all aspects. This is the best song so far. Real aggression and conviction here. The song goes into levels of sound that I wish the album had been covered with, this is exactly how an album can progress sound to enhancing it.

Behind the Bend” keeps up the sounds that I was happy to hear in the last song. The song continues to build up the pressure and slowly harmonize where the album is at this point. The songs stacked together are similar in many ways, but this is to enhance the experience.

Written and Rephrased” is still at the harder-hitting levels that the album has taken on, still needs a spark to set it off to the next level. The melodies to progressive somewhat, but they level out more than anything else. Still a good song, but the tempo and aggression are falling away once more.

I’d Rather Not Say” keeps a good level of consistency from the start, which is what you would be expecting. The vocals only seem to be the intense starter here, they are running the show with the slow tempo keeping behind like a shadow. Solid song, but could have levelled up to be an amazing song.

One Moment From Disaster” slows things down again, less intensity. The song doesn’t expand as much as the previous few have, and feels like the album is rolling back into its cage with the pace.

Your Receding Warmth” continues with the slower pace that the album is not situated with. The instrumental melodies do seem to be trying to pick it back up though. The vocals this time seem less intense and more about controlling the flow. It is not exactly how I thought it would be going, but it is still not a bad song.


This album could have scored higher with more band cohesion, this, however, will come with time. This is a good start for future material to be developed towards.

Songwriting: 6
Musicianship: 6
Memorability: 6
Production: 6

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Is Survived By
2. Fade Away
3. Carve
4. My Strength
5. Get Out
6. Behind the Bend
7. Written and Rephrased
8. I’d Rather Not Say
9. One Moment From Disaster
10. Your Receding Warmth
11. From the Departed, Dear or Otherwise (Outro)
Lineup:
Matt McDougal – Lead Vocals
Zadak Brooks – Guitars
Corey Emond – Guitars
Kevin Stevens – Drums
Record Label: Unbeaten Records
     


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