Keeper – Healthy & Delusional review

KEEPERWords: James McBrien

Originating from Leeds, Keeper are a female-fronted 4-piece with a massive love for music. With their confusing guitar riffs and emotionally-driven lyrics, Keeper explore the hardcore genre in a way that is pretty difficult to explain.

This 4 set should be very proud of what they have achieved here, effortlessly blending melodic song in with hardcore screaming making Keeper almost impossible to categorise into a genre. The production quality of this EP is something to admire, the producer has obviously taken time to create the perfect sound for this album and it has paid off, making every song on this EP force you to turn the volume up and stop whatever you are doing to appreciate this work of art. The fast pace of the songs make you dance along to the music but when you stop and listen to the words, you realise that you are dancing to such deep, dark lyrics that will really have an impact on certain people. Keeper have seamlessly combined meaningful lyrics with a fast paced happy beat.

The first song on this release, Cellar Door, immediately makes you want to hear more. It starts with an interesting sound, perhaps a sound you would expect to find on a Green Day song, but then the lyrics start and the heavy screaming blends perfectly with the complex riff. This a song that even the first time I heard it, I thought I had heard it several times before. It is just a song you want to have listened to for your entire life. It is about a crush turning into love, then ending, as love often does, in several arguments and conflicts. It ends with the same lyrics, “I want you to take me home”, as it begins with. I feel that this is a very clever technique used to show that after one love and heartbreak, there will always be another. I wish to highly commend Keeper on this song.

The EP then showcases the song Ouch. Unlike their first song, the guitar riffs in this track are much heavier and much more what you would expect to find in a heavy rock group. However, the riffs switch between a heavy rock sound and a softer sound, like you may expect from Coldplay. The way she sings switches along with the music, when the sound is softer – she is singing proving to the world that metal music can support harmonic vocals perfectly. However, when the backing music turns heavier, so does the singing as she demonstrates her ability to both scream and sing to an incredibly high standard.

Chase Manson is perhaps the trickiest song on the album to define. When it first started, I must admit that I was slightly disappointed and felt that this song wasn’t performed to the standard of the previous two. The beginning of the song isn’t very clear and the lyrics muffled. This does take away from the overall standard of the song, however I feel that the rest of the song is so good that it may even be my favourite song on the album. At the end, a male voice begins speaking about how he feels having cancer and his view on God in terms of illness; this part is incredibly emotional and would bring a tear to any listener’s eye.

The final song of the album I feel can only be compared to a much heavier version of Billy Talent’s Fallen Leaves – this is how I thought I would describe Feed It when it first came on. However the sound changes as soon as the lyrics start, giving it the heavy metal sound I have come to expect of Keeper. In the hook, the screaming stops and she begins to sing – this was a slight disappointment as she has an incredibly unique voice but I feel she has taken Amy Lee’s style of vocals when she sings in this song.

Overall, I have few bad words to say about Keeper’s new EP and I am incredibly impressed with the quality of the music and production shown in this album. I for one will be very excited when they release more music and will be among the first to queue up and buy it.

 

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