Changing gears a little from the last few posts on the site, Australian metalcore band Vessel Born will release their debut EP “Stateless” in the coming weeks. Another gift from Collision Course, fans of the genre will surely enjoy the enormity of bass, distortion, and technicality in the album. These five gentlemen from Brisbane have pulled off a fantastic release, filled with intensity and life.
Even in my first listen, I can tell Vessel Born put a lot of effort towards “Stateless.” With crisp production quality, precise timing, and impressive melodies, it is already a step above numerous –core bands in the United States and their lackluster performances. Perhaps some heavy riffers can take a note from Vessel Born’s page, who utilize their technicality by balancing the heaviness of their rhythms with their smooth transitions. Album opener “Sleeping Giants” portrays this balance, with its simpler guitar and complex drum arrangement that only takes seconds to pick up pace. As the chorus steps in, I can only imagine a circle pit spreading around me, with angry concertgoers thrashing around. I especially like the overlooked guitar riffs not only in this song, but in the entire album. Because the drums are the center of attention in “Stateless” (at least to me), it does not prevent the guitarists from adding some flair in its solid rhythm sections.
“The Vulture’s Voice” continues the trend, altering between guttural growls and pleasant clean vocals. Nostalgia rang through my brain hearing Shaun Coar’s vocals, as it reminded me of Erik Rogers of an older alternative metal band Stereomud. Back then, that band was on repeat everywhere I was, and having a vocalist with such a similar voice forces a smile on my face. Although I am not necessarily the biggest fan of Coar’s growl vocals throughout the album, his clean vocals more than make up for it. The following song “Burn,” although following the same orchestrations are the previous songs, also contains fantastic vocal sections that help maintain the fast pace of this album.
All that changes, though, with the next song “Death Figure” and its light, post-rockish clean guitar and drumming. A completely surprising track for such an album, the song’s only vocals are reflective teachings of life and death. I was not expecting a life lesson while listening to “Stateless,” so I applaud the band’s inclusion of the song to shake things up. No sooner after the song ends are we back to the grind with “Dressing A Dead Man,” a favorite off the album due to the drummer’s skill on the set. With double bass kicks, the drummer leads the way in conducting the best overall performance of the band. The album closes with “Let Chaos Reign,” the most variable song on the album, containing heavy metalcore-sounding open notes in the intro, only to shift gears to a softer, alternative approach near the song’s end. Showcasing their entire repertoire, Vessel Born shines in this song, and proves that they are a band to watch in the coming years.
An excellent addition to my metal collection, I highly recommend Vessel Born’s “Stateless.” You can support the band by purchasing their album, due to release November 20th. You can also support them by following their Facebook page for band updates.
Check out the official music video for the song “Let Chaos Reign”: