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Sailing On A Broken Compass by Meet The Storm

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Reviewed on 21st November 2010.


Sailing On A Broken Compass

By Meet The Storm

'Sailing Out To Fail' features guest vocals from Cancer Bats' Liam Cormier, and consequently just manages to pip 'Hindenburg' to the post, when it comes to providing this EP's high point. Not only is 'Sailing Out To Fail' a hurricane of vengeful gang vocals, but it's backed up by a surreal, slightly out-of-sync swirl of glimmery chords which, completely unexpectedly, compliment the broken-glass vocals. It's a bizarre combo, but it works.

Close runner-up 'Hindenburg' is one of those songs where the instruments are put together with such precision, that each hook comes off like an ingenious, sleight-of-hand trick that'll leave you wondering how the magic is done. Delivering a double-whammy of jack-hammer chord-bashing and guttural vocals, 'Hindenburg' then slides into a long, flourished riff, scoring an absolute bull's-eye with the listener. 'Hindenburg' is a slab of euphorically hooky hardcore.

Next to 'Hindenburg' and 'Sailing Out To Fail,' 'Can't Plan Regret' feels like a B-side. The throat-shredding vocals are up to the mark, but the riffs lack both the bulk and the pointed edge needed to achieve the blood-curdling menace the vocals suggest Meet The Storm were aiming for. Some nice reverb has 'Can't Plan Regret' edging optimistically towards heavier territory, but it's never enough, and you can always see the gaps between the guitars. This song simply can't match the vocals but, with 'Sailing Out To Fail' and 'Hindenburg' Meet The Storm do enough to convince us they can create a suitably terrifying racket, with just enough quirks to catch the interest of the more jaded hardcore fan. And, the guest vocals from the Cancer Bats mainman don't hurt, either.



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