Past Lives by Denials: Review
‘Past Lives’ by Post-Hardcore band Denials is a bonafide hit. The boys’ origins are from the UK, and they’ve been causing waves in the music scene. ‘Past Lives’ is their EP filled with extremely powerful music. It consists of four songs – ‘Past Lives’, ‘Serenity’, ‘Sin’, and ‘Weights’. Each song is mainly guitar-driven music, with a heavy emphasis on drums. The singer has incredible range and is able to hit that perfect note with his screaming. The band follows a classic formula of Post-Hardcore, Alternative Rock, and my personal favorite ‘Headbanging Music’.
The first song ‘Past Lives’ starts on some clean guitars, and the sound’s a little faded. Then, suddenly out of freakin’ nowhere the entire band gets in on the action and begins an epic intro. My favorite part is the scream at the end of the track. ‘Serenity’ has more oomph to it, and has a banger guitar intro. The time signatures are on point here and feel jumpier. There’s an interlude after the middle of the song where it kinda slows down and focuses on math rock-esque guitar work. ‘Sin’ has an ethereal, cosmic guitar solo, which was beautiful and lit at the same time. Overall the track is a groove!
The final track ‘Weights’ has a breathtaking intro. It’s a soft guitar riff, that leads to a heavier one with drums and vocals. The bass is also prevalent here. What I truly enjoyed about this wonderful band is their vocal melodies. It brings me back to the post-hardcore days of my teens! Truly nostalgic, and all these catchy choruses and verses sure do make me feel more empowered.
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Photo credits: Joe Sheridan
Review by: Damien Reid