'The Land, The Ocean, The Distance' is the grandiose debut EP from Hertfordshire-based Heights, a band who blend all the usual hardcore hang-ups, with dazzling cinematic flourishes.
Heights have your undivided attention right from the opening moments of EP-opener 'Empires.' A stunningly beautiful slipstream of thunderous guitars bursts out of your speakers, carrying with it screaming, razor-sharp guitar-slides. It's a breath-stealing sweep of cinematic intensity that Heights also use as the starting point for their chorus - proving they know when they're onto a good thing. Sandwiched between these show-stealing choruses, are slabs of two tonne riffs and bloodthirsty deathcore vocals. 'Empires' is a song of rare intensity, that goes for your throat and never even gives a hint of letting go.
'Paint The Sky' keeps intensity levels cranked up to eleven with a backdrop of cut-throat guitar lines that swirl furiously beneath frontman Thomas' booming vocals. And the rest of the song doesn't disappoint, as echoey backing vocals push 'Paint The Sky's already-expansive boundaries another inch. You'll be astounded this behemoth can even fit through your speakers.
EP-closer 'Worlds Apart' is another relentless, riff-packed bludgeoning that periodically bursts into a limitless, glacial soundscape of screeching guitar lines. 'Worlds Apart' doesn't quite reach the emotionally-charged highs of the previous two tracks: the hardcore sections aren't as bloodthirsty, and the epic moments lack some of the sharpness Heights have previously achieved. However, it's still a perfectly constructed saga of fiery aggression and icy beauty.
'The Land, The Ocean, The Distance' is a majestic debut EP, and a treat for those who like a dash of accessible drama to their hardcore.