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Thursday, July 8, 2010

EP Review: Cotheria - Icons

The songs are challengingly composed; stop-start structures that switch tack from clean vocals to a demonised, unhinged screaming. They are pitched somewhere between the progressive hardcore strata that bands like Architects or Protest The Hero are growing fat on, the rock plundering of Fightstar and Funeral For A Friend, and the full-on destruction that Bring Me The Horizon and Suicide Silence are selling. In all this, 'The Engagement' shines out amidst the mayhem of 'Ordeal' and 'Carnival's discordant posturing. It's devilishly exciting in the build with Steve Creek's guitar punching a great hole in the vocal before finger-tapping it back to life with some sublime work. The clarity in the chorus is tuneful, hearty and wickedly hooky...

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