Review by Mickey Nicholas.
Energy are an across-the-pond punk quintet from Massachusetts, formed in 2006, with a relatively prolific body of work for such a young band. Their latest album, Apparition Sound, released in early February 2017, holds eight tracks for your listening pleasure.
The first track is Renascentia, which opens with a heavy metal sound, hard bassline and a repeating hook. It’s short, being an intro track, but it’s mood setting, it’s a brief but dark and energetic piece.
New Worlds of Fear has a very metal opening, ripped through with a harsh growl followed by the most surprising vocals- It’s a good singing voice, but given the general feel of the intro to the song I was not expecting what I heard. I was expecting screams and growls, but instead got smooth, clean, vocals. There’s a little bit of screaming, but the transitions between the two are flawless. It’s a good solid track to really open the album with.
Another Yesterday, track number three, has distortion running through it’s intro, but it may be the poppiest sounding track on the whole album. It has melancholy lyrics, but the catchiest riffs and a good chorus for singing along to. The guitar-work from both guitarists is fantastic.
Track four is Dead in Dreamland, which has a slow start- almost reminiscent of The Used, (if anyone still remembers them), but the song quickly picks up in tempo, the pace really well set by the rapid fire drumming. It’s a catchy tune, with a decent use of sound effects to augment the vocals.
The Infection starts with lonely piano, but leads into the drums and guitars. The vocals jump in with a new shift in pitch that takes you by surprise again. It’s got a kind of sombre sound, but it speeds up about half way through, with the guitars throwing riffs like shuriken. Its my favourite track from the whole album.
Pet Semetary, track number six, is a very pop-punk song with upbeat guitar, solid drumming and dark lyrics. It’s a fun little track, with a catchy chorus and a good melody to hum along to. A good example of the variety of sounds the band are capable of producing.
Number seven is The Shadowlands which sets the seen with a moody intro, marked by heavily distorted guitar and a heavy bassline. The guitar flips into a sharp riff and the drumming picks up and the whole thing starts to come together. It feels like a continuation of Renascentia and is probably the best song on the album to really hear the guitarists skill.
Final track, They, has a slow intro on the guitar gently easing into lonely vocals. The song stays slow for nearly two minutes before slamming into fierce shredding. The song sounds almost hopeful, at least compared to the previous tracks. It has a fantastic solo too, about a minute from the end, and nearly a minute long. An excellent album from start to finish.
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